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    Don't forget to insulate the splices !

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    Sorry to revive this thread after so long, but I just got a GA645 with the same problem. I found this YouTube video that purports to address it, though it's done in a sort of wordless Marcel Marceau-camera-repair style (with amusing characters drawn on the repairman's gloves), and I'm a bit confused as to what he actually did.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EXjkDjnzoU

    One helpful diagnostic I noticed was that the flash signal is on in the LCD in M and A mode, even when the flash is not popped up.

    But I noticed that he took off the whole top of the camera, while, if I read your post correctly, you only took off the flash assembly itself.

    I know it's been a while since you posted this, and it might not be fresh in your memory, but any tips for a repair newbie on trying to accomplish this myself?

    Thanks!
    David

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    a happy popping noise
    Somewhat of an understatement maybe? You only do this once and surely it is a right of passage to anyone who tinkers with cameras. When I was trying to repair an old flash I knew enough that the capacitor needed discharging, but evidently not enough to do it safely. The bang when I stuck my screwdriver across the contacts was a little more that a happy popping noise. More like an ear cracking explosion that scared the s**t out of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr rusty View Post
    Somewhat of an understatement maybe? You only do this once and surely it is a right of passage to anyone who tinkers with cameras. When I was trying to repair an old flash I knew enough that the capacitor needed discharging, but evidently not enough to do it safely. The bang when I stuck my screwdriver across the contacts was a little more that a happy popping noise. More like an ear cracking explosion that scared the s**t out of me.
    My GA645 was worked on long ago when I found that the rotary dial was acting all strange. The tech took apart the top of the camera and cleaned the dust out of that area. I was sitting there while the work was being done when out of nowhere, the MOST HELLACIOUS BOOM you could imagine sounded. BANG!! I thought for sure my camera was reduced to a worthless piece of junk. The tech seemed totally nonplussed, and I had to be firmly convinced that he didnt ruin it. But he didnt and I have operated the camera just fine for several years. He cleaned the dial nicely and it has performed flawlessly.

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