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Need help troubleshooting to see if it's broken

OR just me :)

I put fresh batteries in thinking the previous were old, or dying when seeing nothing in the LCD screen. That did not help. I have tried everything I can think of doing, short of taking the camera apart.

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  • GOONKA Aug 01, 2008

    I put in lithium E's *by Energizer* - but an update is that by playing with the contacts, I did get the LCD to show up.

    I still used the premium assistance because it wasn't acting correctly, and I let the *guru* know what was happening, and also let him know that my film count was at 9 with NO film in it (probably when the batteries were starting to die and I was rewinding film - taking it out and manually rewinding it). He asked if I knew how to reset the count, I said no, and also let him know that my lens didn't appear to be working either (not focusing) and then he said he was unable to help me in resetting it because my lens wouldn't focus and that most functions required the lens? I've never heard of that before. He also mentioned my having another battery I may have to change inside, but I don't think my model does - I can't find one in any event.

    After talking with him, and him not being able to help me (I said I was willing to open up my camera and try looking around, but he said no, he wasn't comfortable doing that in case he gave me a wrong step), I started googling my camera and I found a more detailed instruction manual online (mine is specific to my unit) for all types of Minoltas and by using it step by step realized WHY my lens wasn't working: it was set to wide focus area and it won't allow anything to work if the distance is not correct. (learned something new about the camera! didn't realize it was there or how to change it if necessary). So in making that change, NOW I see I have no focus signal OR exposure indicators in the viewfinder. That got me thinking: is my camera on MF? - it says it is not, that it IS in AF - but in trying to toggle back and forth between the two, I cannot get INTO MF - which may mean that function is broke and I am stuck in MF with the camera thinking it is in AF.

    NOW I'm on a mission :) anyone have any ideas on that?
    ( I could be WAY off, but I'm learning more about the camera anyways )

    So that said, I realize looking through the view finder I do not


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What kind of fresh batteries you used in it?

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