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Nikon D40 will not take a picture.

The camera turns on as normal but when I try to take a shot it will not function. The battery is fully charged and the camer is set on automatic. The flash will pop up but the shutter will not click.

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  • 999will Feb 09, 2008

    My D40 will not take a photo when the shutter is pressed. I reset the camera. I read the technical pages in the manual but nothing worked. I also tried using another focus mode.

  • samieshipley Feb 11, 2008

    I have the same problem, the flash comes up but it will not take the picture in automatic, but it will take it if i change to manual and focus myself.

  • colorcrazy Feb 29, 2008

    Camera turns on and acts like it wants to take picture but when you press the button it makes and awful noise like a rat scurrying. I can take pictures on manual but I can not totally focus in.

  • acmm Mar 05, 2008

    Same problem. Camera is ready, but makes quiet scraping sounds when the button is presses. The manual does not deal with this problem.

  • nicole2316 Mar 09, 2008

    Mine still does the noise and will not take on Manual. I do not see a error in the top of screen. Now what? Has anyone found a solution on this matter?

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2008

    Same problem, camera shows that the battery is fully charged, the flash pops up, but the shutter dosen't release.

  • Anonymous Apr 05, 2008

    same problem, when setting is on auto focus, it will not take a picture under any circumstances

  • kmac78 Nov 14, 2008

    My Nikon D40 camera will not take pictures. I press the shutter button and it makes the same rat scurrying sound someone else described. If I zoom out all the way it will take a picture sometimes, but when I zoom in it will not take the picture. This happened a few months ago and then it just stopped, and it worked for a while. I tried the solution of blowing on the memory card and making sure the lens is properly connected with no luck. When this is going on, it doesn't matter what setting it is on, it just doesn't work.

  • labfamily May 02, 2009

    I tried solution #1 but I don't understand what he means by twist end of lens until it locks. I have taken off the lens, put it back on. It still will not take pictures. The flash will pop up but it won't take pic.




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I fixed it!! Turn the lens to Manual mode (moving to M). Twist the very tip of the lens till it unlocks.

If you twist the lens on the end far enough on the end to the right you will find it "locks". This is what is causing the screeching sound,, it's locked and can't auto focus. Twist the very end to the left till it releases. This fixed it for me.

Posted on Nov 27, 2008

  • Keith Bell May 02, 2013

    brill that done it....cheers

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    Lily May 23, 2014

    thanks so much!!!!




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When you pusht o take a photo does it display an error on the top screen? make sure the lens is locked in including checking the ring on the lens next to the camera base.

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S_jmiller's solution worked for me. Just did it. Thanks very much.

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    Jim Jams Dec 15, 2013

    Thank you sooooooo much!!! x



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Mine was having the same issue i just ready solution #1 and it worked!! thanks so much

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