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Flash won't turn on

I just bought this camera and after a week and very little use the flash won't turn on. I know how to change the flash function, but it says it cannot be changed. It's in "force off" which I do not think I ever put it into that mode. Does anyone know how to turn it back on?

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Re: flash won't turn on

Thanks so much! I was driving myself crazy :)

Posted on Dec 25, 2007

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