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turn camera on keep the lens cap on and push the button on the side of the camera with the image of a lightening bolt at the same time help the flash door up if that doesnt work go to menu then custom setting then go to braketing/ flash toggle right and turn on builtin flash
You must have a software glitch because the flash is supposed to be in the auto mode when the selector is in auto, unless you manually turn the flash off and the flash should go back to auto every time the camera is turned off and back on. Here's a work around. Turn the dial to indoor and use the flash button on the ring to set the flash to auto. In the indoor setting you can set the flash to on, off, or auto.
First make sure that the camera has fresh batteries. Then see that the flash setting is either 'on' or 'auto' or any graphic mode like a lightning bolt. If this doesn't help, the flash might be damaged. Any camera shop can check this quickly.
know it was a while ago now but I just found your post, the lens on
mine broke yesterday but being a student I'm looking for someone with a
broken identical camera with spare parts to fix it rather than buying a
new one. Did you fix the camera, if not and it is lying around unused I
would be very grateful if you would part with it so I can get mine
working again. I am looking for a working lens
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
[This is not spam I will delete this post once I find a resolution]
Hey influenza, Nearly dropping the camera should not affect the operation of the flash unless the flash was extended and you caught the camera by the flash and it is somehow physically damaged. What is more likely is the camera is either set to a mode that doesn't allow the flash to operate, or the flash is set to auto off. Directions on how to turn the flash on or off start on page 34 of your camera manual. I have included a link to a PDF download of your camera manual in case you need it. I hope this helps! http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/noprint/D40_noprint.pdf Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
I had the same problem with my flash not working on any setting, but I found a way to fix it: hit the menu button, make sure the "rec mode" choice is set to normal instead of burst. I think the burst mode takes multiple shots in a row, so the flash isn't compatible with that setting?