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Problem with my camera

Every time that I power my camera on it has this message on the screen that reads "mode dial is not in the proper position" but I tried to move the dial and its keeps says the same thing. I'm not able to use my camera or anything. Can you please help????????????

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    When I turn my camera on it says---mode dial is not in the proper position, what could the problem be?

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Sounds as though the mode dial is "freewheeling", i.e. it is turning...but is not revolving the wiper/selector below. Workshop job.

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