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My Minolta x31 camera has a fault. Cannot record a photo (black screen) can playback photos stored on SD card. Flash & monitor work as per normal.When in photo mode monitor is nearly black all over.Flash fires & appears to record photo. Nothing recorded.Please help

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  • Keith49 Jun 20, 2008

    Snap!! I'd come to same conclusion. Life has to end for all things
    This camera's time has come. Thanks Doc


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Sounds like the image sensor may be gone. You should check with Minolta for service or the vendor where purchased.

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• Batteries are not correctly inserted or battery-chamber
cover is not properly latched.
• Batteries are exhausted.
• EH-62B AC adapter (available separately) is not properly
connected.
• Camera is in sleep mode. Press shutter-release button
halfway.
• Monitor is off.
• USB cable is connected.
• AV/Video cable is connected


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• Camera is in playback mode.
• Batteries are exhausted.
• Red (!) lamp flickers: flash is charging.
• Green (AF) lamp flickers: camera unable to focus.
• Message "CARD IS NOT FORMATTED" appears in
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