I owned a 8008S and have the lens compatability chart in front of me. The camera is only compatible in aperture priority and manual, centerweighted or spot metering. If you've tried this, I guess it locks up noteing Fee? Can you borrow a AF lens and check to see if it works otherwise?
I remember hearing that the N90 was a better body then the 8008s. Maybe you would have better luck. Btw, there's always a 8008s or N90 in the classifieds at Photonet.