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Old Jul 17, 2011, 8:22 PM   #1
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Not sure what happened. Tonight while taking photos at our church my SB600 stopped working. It was on, and I thought maybe the batteries wen't dead. I've now tried two different sets of batteries and it will not even turn on.

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Old Jul 17, 2011, 8:24 PM   #2
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OK fine.... no sooner do I post this.... I put new batteries in it and decide maybe a few taps on the desk will help it. Give it a little discipline! Sure enough. It turned on now. But it will not fire....
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Old Jul 17, 2011, 9:05 PM   #3
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Did the flash overheat? Did you let it cool off enough?
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Old Jul 17, 2011, 9:51 PM   #4
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It's been off for 2 hours. No flash. I can hear it charge the capacitor. But no flash. The tube has gone south.

I found details on replacing the tube and a replacement part on flebay.

Should I be adventurous?
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Old Jul 18, 2011, 3:50 PM   #5
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There are a couple things which could be wrong - the firing circuitry or the tube. The only way to test the tube is to try it in a known good unit, so substitution is the other option. If it doesn't work, you are only out the cost of the part (and your time).

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Old Jul 18, 2011, 4:56 PM   #6
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Brian,

I'm pretty sure it's the tube. I can hear the flash charge the capacitor and can hear it make a slight noise when I try to fire it. Just no flash. I think I'll be ordering the part from ebay unless someone can provide a better alternative source.
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Old Aug 8, 2011, 7:33 PM   #7
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Well it's officially toasted and it's not the tube. So I am looking at either about $150 for a repair.

"Sort of local" Best Buy had a 600 marked at about $220 over the weekend. Think I am making a trip there tomorrow...
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