I got this camera from my sister in law 3rd hand she never got a chance to even run the 1st roll through it before getting a digital and giving it to me. i put a new battery in and a roll and snapped a test shot and got a HELP message i checked out a few things and came up the conclusion that the aperture ring control is stuck problem is i dont know how to begin repairing it i believe he i can get the part and a manual i can do the job myself
link to your manual, it tells us that we have a winding motor problem, I would do as you have done, so I would ensure that batterys are in great shape, the only other thing I could suggest is to try to turn the winding motor by hand in case it is just locked up. Failing that I presume the motor has died and needs replacement.
SOURCE: Minolta 35mm X-370 stuck shutter
You are probably on the right track with the batteries. Stick some fresh ones in and the shutter should release. Your may need to use the advance lever to re-**** the shutter and drop the mirror down. You could also try removing the lens and manually pushing the mirror down to see if it stays in the down position.
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