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My Rebel T1i's built in flash stopped working after I used a 580EX external flash on it. It won't even show up on the LCD screen.

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Really? the best solution available is to take the top of your camera off?
i don't think so.
Here's a very simple solution I found to get the flash to pop up without destroying your camera.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1031&message=31993875
the person suggests using a fingernail. (s)he must have long fingernails. I had to use a piece of paper folded in half. Swipe the paper from back to front, as in, from the eyepiece side towards the lens side.
Here's a picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougpardee/133066175/
good luck

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There is a switch on the hot shoe, which detects if an external flash is attached. If the switch is obstructed by dirt, it won’t pop up after the external flash is removed. In this case, the internal flash won’t fire because the camera ‘thinks’ the external flash still on the hot shoe.
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Hi, I have the Canon Rebel t1i (500d) and I had the same problem (built in flash not working). I tried a number of remedies I found on forums etc but none worked. I then tried this. In the external flash housing is a metal sprung plate which surrounds the five circular pins (one big, four small at the rear). If you get a small straight headed screwdriver and lift the front of this plate and at the same time pull it back towards you it will come out altogether.
I then removed the four small screws being careful not to drop them and took off the mount for the external flash and then tried the flash it opened straight away. I then cleaned all the area of the mount and the two plates and replaced them all ensuring I fitted them exactly as before. I then checked the camera again and presto working fine. I hope this helps everyone with the problem.
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I had the same problem on my T1i and used tweezers to lift up the two small metal strips covering the sensors. I turned the camera back on and took a test picture and my pop up flask came popping right up!

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Whenever I tried the pop up flash button the camera said "this function not available under these settings". I knew then it was a mecanical issue preventing the pop up flash being released. I used the solution suggested by "zavannie". I used an exacto blade and lifted the two metal springs which must push down once an external flash is inserted. By loosening them slightly the push down sensor gets released and then when you go to the menu settings and look at the flash settings, which would not even come up saying that external flash still attached, now becomes functional. As soon as I saw the flash settings started coming up I realized that the pop up flash would work, and when I pushed the button it worked. Brilliant zavannie.

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