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Nikon D40 Flash not popping up and not always flashing.

My flash used to automaticly pop up when it was needed. Now not only does it not pop up but when I pop it up it does not always flash. I lookd in the setting on menu but I don't see a place that I can make it reset. Any suggestions?

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    What setting do you have it on on the rotary dial on the right?



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The lightning bolt icon in viewfinder blinks when flash is not ready, this can happen if flash doesnt pop up all the way, or if flash strobe tube is bad.

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I'm not sure of your problem, but if I understand it correctly, the flash does not pop down on its own, you just push it down and it locks down.

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My d40 did the same thing and the guy at Wolf Camera said a sensor is bad. The falsh was up but every time I focused it tried to pop up the flash again but it would not fire.

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