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D40x flash not working

I've had my D40x for a couple of months and just noticed today when i tried to take a picture inside that the flash wasn't working. I tried it on all different settings and lighting and it doesn't appear to be working at all. Most of the shots I've taken with it so far have been outside, so I hadn't noticed a problem. I haven't dropped itor anything in fact have hardly used it, so can't think what the problem might be

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  • aropple Nov 06, 2007

    My flash stopped working tonight. Out of the blue. Help!! I have tried every setting, powered down, removed battery, removed card,. replaced all, still not working. Any help apprectiated. Used the camera with a flash all day without problem. THen suddenly, it stopped.

  • jwm755 Nov 15, 2007

    Same problem with mine. Is there a manual way to make the flash go off? My camera seems to be compensating by lengthening the exposure time.

  • Spalding322 Nov 24, 2007

    My D40x flash was working, and suddenly stopped also. There is nothing in the manual or in the d40x field guide about testing the flash, or replacing the flash. According to Nikon technical support, if the flash pops up it should fire all the time.

  • Zarry Dec 07, 2007

    Mine flash quit working also - only after 2 days of ownership. Very disappointing.

  • jwm755 Dec 18, 2007

    I called Nikon technical support and their only option was trying to reset the camera. When that did not work they told me to that I would have to send my camera in to be repaired. I just exchanged it where I bought it (Costco) for a new one.

  • Hasala Apr 14, 2008

    Please describe the specifics of your problem below. We'll add
    your post as a comment to catchthewind's D40x flash not working problem, and notify you when a new solution is offered.

  • choc1 Jun 01, 2008

    Ditto for all the previous posts. Our D40x is only 2 weeks old, flash now does not work. Tried reset button without any change.

  • Anonymous Sep 03, 2008

    Just thought I would add my camera to the list. After a few month, the flash on my Nikon D40X stopped working as well.

  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    Flash just quit, camera a year old.

  • figero Nov 26, 2008

    I've had my D40x for about 9 months and just noticed today when i tried to take a picture inside that the flash wasn't working. I tried it on all different settings and lighting and it doesn't appear to be working at all. The menu settings for switching the flash on/off seems to work OK. I haven't dropped it or anything. Has the flash bulb gone duff and if so is it changeble?

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2008

    Our D40x is 6 months old and the flash quit working. :(

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    Class-action time... There's just too many of us with this problem

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    I've only had my Nikon D40x for about a year. Ive only used it a couple times. A couple days ago i was using my camera and the flash would work a couple times and then just stopped. Ive never dropped mine as well.

  • caro_1 Jan 20, 2009

    hi.....i have the same problem. My sister accidentally hit my lens which caused for my flash not to work. It pops up but no flash when it is in flash mode. Has anyone figured out what to do?

  • cools875 Feb 01, 2009

    I've had my nikon d40x for about a year now and have definitely used it fairly extensively while trekking in China and just plain carrying it around everywhere. Haven't dropped it or had any accidents with it. Flashed just stopped working a few weeks ago and I have no idea what's wrong. Flash pops up but doesn't go off.... but it's weird that the camera self-adjusts to lengthen exposure time. Tried various things... not sure what the problem is.

  • Paulyne Feb 03, 2009

    I was half way through an indoor inpromtu portrait shoot when my flash stopped working. As with the others, the flash pops up and the "search light" works, but no flash! I have leased my camera, but the company I leased through has said I need to pay for it. Help!

  • lexsandymani Feb 05, 2009

    oh my my. i was looking online and seems am not alone. mine pops up but dosen't flash at all. seems weird because everything else on the camera works fine, but i dont feel like paying $180 to Nikon to replace the flash on a camera i already paid a ton for

  • rainish Feb 15, 2009

    I've had my D40X about a year and a half and the flash worked on christmas and then a week later, I took the camera out to take pictures of my son's birthday and it didn't work! I also bought mine at Costco but I don't hink they stock this model any longer. I never dropped, bumped the camera!

    Any solutions?

  • Janice Hyche Mar 18, 2009

    First problem I've had with my D40x Nikon. I've had it for 2 years and the flash just quit working. I did drop it on a sidewalk so I thought something was wrong with the camera but it works fine when flash is not needed. I've tried everything including the reset. I was going out to buy an accessory flash tomorrow but will try now to see if I can fix it after watching the video. I'll let you know if it works but gotta go out and buy a small phillips head first.

  • Janice Hyche Mar 20, 2009

    I did get my flash to working after following the steps on ladue's video but now the flash will not open automatically or manually, Hum??? I have to leave the flash open now because when it flashes, it starts smoking if its closed.....Any solutions????

  • lotsofpics Apr 14, 2009

    I have a flash problem with my Nikon D40X - I had been out shooting for several days - shot more than 200 pics with no problems. I went out again tonight to get some night pics - it was raining slightly and the camera got a few drops on it - nothing major - but the flash will not pop up. I was in manual mode and the flash started firing when it was closed - while making a loud pop. It would not open when in auto mode but I had the same loud pop and the flash. What could the problem be ????

  • swilliams529 Apr 25, 2009

    My flash will not work under any circumstances, settings or lenses



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I have also had the problem of flash not working on my Nikon D40. I found out the problem and I also made a quick video to help those who are having this problem. Here's the link to the video: Hope this helps !

Nikon D40 Flash Fix

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    has the d40x the same design flash tower


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My flash had the same problem and the rod that lifts the flash although the flash comes up it dosent no or something because its broken and are aparantly quite week so i took it to i camera spesilist and he replased it with a stronger peace and it works fine now.

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If the flash is dead, there's no option that to get it waranteed. :(

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