I think I've got it figure...with a sigh of relief...

I just popped out the latest roll of bulk load and closed the back. Powered the camera up and whaddayaknow....frame counter says, "0"...popped in a roll of factory tri x and the film counter decides its going to play !

... So who's the brain surgeon at Minolta that let the camera operate without DX film canisters, but not let the film counter function?!! Aargh!

Now this really shouldn't be a big deal. I shoot till the camera automatically rewinds, anyway. But its kinda nice to know howw many shots you have left before you have to reload.

I guess I'll be looking for DX stickers soon...