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Minolta Maxxum 400si is locked up

I went to put a new roll of film in my Minolta Maxxum 400si and the camera "locked up" with the word, "help" displayed. I took out the battery, replaced it, tried a different roll of film...nothing. None of the buttons work, not even the rewind button. Any ideas?

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Link to your manual, it tells us that we have a winding motor problem, I would do as you have done, so I would ensure that batterys are in great shape, the only other thing I could suggest is to try to turn the winding motor by hand in case it is just locked up. Failing that I presume the motor has died and needs replacement.

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