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I have a Minolta Maxxum 7000i with a 3200i flash unit. The flash is not working. The batteries are fresh and inserted properly. The control lights on the flash unit light up when I am ready to shoot but the flash does not fire. I have the camera in "P" mode and the flash is turned on. Can you help?

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Can you fire the flash manually? there might be a red button on the flash for you to do this. If you can operate the flash manually, then take an eraser and clean the contacts on both the camera, and flash, then take a Q tip, and a little rubbing alcohol, and whipe down the contacts AND the two contact springs located under the two side rails on the top of the hot shoe. I've had the same problem before. Dirt grease, and grime get in there and prevent full electrical contact.

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