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How do I break open a Minolta Instant pro Polaroid spectra Camera?

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by Cavemeg, Feb 15, 2013.

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  1. Cavemeg

    Cavemeg Thread Starter

    Feb 15, 2013
    I've owned this camera for a few months now, and have had many complications with it. So far, I’ve been able to fix them all apart from one - the flash!

    Every time i turn on the camera the flash light flickers off. It's frustrating because if the flash light doesn't charge, and the green light doesn't stay on, I can't get any of the functions buttons on the LCD screen to work. I've tried different things: opening the camera slowly, tapping the camera lightly, and opening the camera in dark and extreme light places. The results are random: sometimes it will stay on and sometimes not.

    I tried opening the camera today and nothing turned on; not the LCD screen, not the flash, nada! Instead it released this high electronic sound like a fire engine or a computer when it's loading. It only stops when I close the camera. When it is sounding I can hear it going off from inside the camera that's why i have to break it apart. I think this part might also be connected to the flash. If i can get to it I might be able to fix the sound and the flash. To me it sounds like the wires in the cameras that work the camera noises and the flash are busted.

    *I’ve ruled out that it's a battery problem since before today the LCD screen turned on and the shutter still worked. Plus this is a new cartridge and I’ve only had it for a week. It's something inside the camera that's faulty.

    Does anyone have any ideas as to how i break this camera apart but so that I can put it back together again afterwards, or a better way of solving this technical issue? I also accept repair numbers (if there are any)
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Dec 14, 2002
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    To be blunt & perfectly honest the camera probably belongs in a dustbin
    It is probably 12 years old and had a life expectancy of 3 or 4 years when manufactured.
    Any possibility of repair is remote and any parts will be extremely hard to find anywhere. A quick Google shows them as collectors items, with appropriate prices & not as guaranteed working cameras.

    Apart from seeking advice at local Minolta dealer, which is a remote possibility as most dealers have switched to digital cameras only, I have no other suggestions..
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