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I have a Minolta x700 that has not been used in years. I replaced the batteries and the lights all work; however, the film advance lever will not work nor will the shutter release. I see that two years ago people had this same problem, but the suggested solutions no longer appear. Trying to trust my failing memory, it seems like one of my Minolta cameras (I had an older model) had a second battery somewhere, but I see no reference to a second battery in the literature I can find. Other than replacing the batteries I have not done anything to "fix" the problem.

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Unused cameras tend to seize up: unless they're used regularly the internal lubricant films dry out and gum up and the fault you describe is typical of this.

As a professional repair, it's totally uneconomical and due to the scarcity of spare parts it's highly unlikely that you'll find any professional who will touch your camera as things may break during disassembly.

All you can do is to try and strip and repair this yourself. A full stripdown will be unrealistic, but with a bit of care and caution it's often possible to free up enough of the camera to get things moving again. I don't know of any free repair manuals, but you won't go far wrong by carefully removing the baseplate (watch out for the soldered wires to any electrical contacts) and trying a bit of manipulation. Use something clean and lint free to clean off gummed up grease (not cotton buds), and replace with a smear of light grease. Don't go anywhere near a WD40 can and don't mistake vaseline (petroleum jelly) for grease!

Removing the camera top plate is real "here be dragons" territory. To do so needs far more care and often special tools and the electronics underneath the top plate have to be carefully moved to access the mechanical parts. Doing so often irreparably damages them.

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