Question about Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens

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Lens working only in auto

I have Nikon d40x with 2 lenses, I only have problem with AF-S nikkor 55-200mm 1.4-5.6ED
that particular lens works only in auto mode, the moment I switch to manual it just makes funny noise but does not take picture.
My other 18-55mm works just fine in either.

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Your motor may have gone bad. Try sending it to PhotoTech Repair Service in NYC. They are Nikon authorized, and can do the repair under warranty if you still have it. Also if you join they're facebook page, they will give you a 10% discount.
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