600si 'help' flashing on lcd

Discussion in 'Sony/Minolta' started by paul_clayton, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. just as the last film finished and started to re-wind, it suddendly
    stopped rewinding ans the work 'HELP' now flashes on the lcd. The
    film is at count 37 of a 36 film. I would like to keep the film ans
    not destroy it. Any help or adive would be appreciated. Paul
  2. Paul, you could try removing the battery for a few minutes, replace it and then press the manual rewind button, this may clear the film jam. If that doesn't work I think your only hope of rescuing the film is if you can remove it in a changing bag. My 500si did this a lot though I was always able to clear it by removing the battery.
  3. Right, got the film out in a dark room. Now that the camera has no film in it, the LCD still flashes with the word help. Removing the battery for a few minutes does not clear it. I even left the battery out over night but it still flashes help. Is there a way to reset the 600si? A secret combination of buttons maybe? Otherwise, is it worth sending for repair? It is in MINT condition.


  4. .

    Moisture? Humidity? Corrosion?

    Clean and dry all electrical contacts with isopropyl alcohol -- DX sensor contacts, battery contacts, lens contacts, and so on. Then blow dry the camera. Blow out everything BUT the shutter area with dry canned air.

    Use a NEW battery.

    Change to another lens, or NO LENS AT ALL.

    Put it in a cool-down oven after setting the oven to 120 degrees, let the oven reach temperature, then shutting the oven off -- wrap the camera in multi layers of a cotton towel first to insulate the camera and provide a medium for absorbing any moisture that may escape from the camera, and leave the camera in the oven for ~6 hours.

    Basically, I'm shotgunning.

    Review the diagnostic details at


    ... and then call and perhaps send it in for service.

    Here's Minolta USA:

    Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc.,
    Camera Division,
    725 Darlington Avenue,
    Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA

    - Digital and 35mm cameras, scanners, binoculars, consumer and professional film and single-use cameras, color print paper, inkjet paper and minilabs

    Phones: 1-800-285-6422 or 1-201-574-4000

    Dealer Info: 1-800-MY-KONICA = 1-800-695-6642

    USA Assistance (toll free): 1-800-808-4888

    G'luck. Let us know how it goes.


    Love and hugs,

    Peter Blaise peterblaise@yahoo.com http://www.peterblaisephotography.com/
    -- Minolta 507si/600si/650si Photographer

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