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Minolta X370 film loading problem.

I can't seem to load film in this camera. The advance lever doesn't seem to work and the film is loaded properly.

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Re: Minolta X370 film loading problem.

 First make sure your batteries are OK , camera will not work without two 1.5 v batteries. If your camera still doesnt work this is probably  because the shutter is cocked but you cannot release the shutter and that is why you cannot advance the transport mechanism. The shutter release mechanism needs repairing first. SREMEDY : take bottom cover off ( 4 screws ) and locate 220 mf 6v capacitor ( it is the only one in this part of the camera , cant miss it ). Replace the capacitor while you keep an eye on the polarity ( indicated on the casing of the capacitor ) and you camera should work fine ( dont forget camera needs  two 1.5v  batteries to work ! ) 

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If it will not work on any roll of film and you are sure the film leader loaded correctly and the film advances properly then the spring on the indicator or the indicator itself is defective. Only option is to try and open it yourself if you're daring or send it in for repair.

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Just loaded film and cant take picture, its not advancing

You need to add a little more information about what you did exactly.
Did you pull enough leader film out? If I had to guess, I would say the film wasn't rolled far enough onto the "advancement reel" so you are not able to advance it because the camera doesn't think it has film in yet.

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I put the film in the camera and the knob wont turn when i advance the film. I don't know what to do.

If the knob on the left hand side of the top plate (as viewed from behind) does not rotate when you operate the film advance lever, then the film has not been loaded properly and has failed to engage onto the take up spool. It's a very common fault and even experienced photographers sometimes make the same error. The frame counter will advance every time the lever is wound on, it only counts the number of full lever actuations, not the actual amount of film which has been wound on. The rewind crank is the only reliable way of knowing that the film is actually advancing.

Open the back of the camera and re-thread the film leader onto the take up spool. Close the back and wind one frame with the lever, and then open the back again to check that you got it right. This may potentially waste one shot but it will reassure you that you got it right. Once you're familiar with your camera you won't have to do this any more as you'll be able to feel and hear when the film is loaded properly or not.

If this does not solve your problem then please add a comment and I'll offer further assistance. If I have solved your problem then please take a moment to rate my answer.

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My Minolta is used, and I can't seem to load film

Most likely cause:
The Minolta X-series was notorious for bad capacitors. There were two of them that went bad. One under the baseplate and another under the top cover. Yes, both require some camera disassembly, snipping, soldering and put all back correctly-after you find the parts that went flying when you opened it, LOL.
You can find the capacitors being sold on Ebay for a few bucks and do it yerself. Or you can send it off for repair.
I suggest Garry's camera repair in Niles, IL. They will fix it, Clean, Lubricate and adjust it all for around 50 bucks. I think its about 45 plus 8 for return ship. About 2 weeks later, your camera is back in your hands, ready to go.
This is a worthwhile investment in a very good little camera. I still have the X-570. I won't part with it, LOL.
I have newer AF cameras, but I love my X-570.

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My x 370 wont transfer pictures onto the film? The camera looks like it's in good condition. The roles come out blank!

Film cameras directly expose film to light to produce an image: they do not "transfer pictures onto the film", but your phrase is a big clue as it suggests you've only used digital cameras in the past and so may have made a very simple mistake with film loading.

If the film is blank as in transparent, then the film has not been exposed. If it's completely dark then it's been over exposed.

I suspect you mean that the film is unexposed as it's by far the most common fault: cameras like the X-370 have completely manual film loading; the film has to be manually engaged onto the take-up sprockets before closing the back of the camera. After that, correct loading is confirmed by watching to ensure that the rewind crank (top left knob as viewed from rear) rotates every time the film winding lever is used. Note that the frame counter will advance even if the film isn't correctly loaded. Once the film is used up, the winding lever won't operate and the film must be rewound back into the cassette before opening the back of the camera. To do this, you press the recessed button on the underside of the camera and use the rewind crank to rewind the film until you can feel no more resistance at all.

You'll find full instructions on the Norman Butkus website where he's provided a downloadable .pdf manual for your camera for free download.

Hopefully this has solved your problem; if so all I ask in return is for you to rate my answer. If it hasn't, then please add a comment and I'll try to offer other solutions to your problem.

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first make sure the rewind button is not stuck down. open the back door and rotate the advance sprocket back and forth to release the button. if that did not work take the bottom cover off and check the white plastic gear near the take up shaft. if that gear broke it will have to be repaired by a camera repair person.
there are no new parts for this model so get a cost estimate first.

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