Minolta Maxxum 700si: How to remove top cover?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Matthias Andree, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. Hi,

    I have a Minolta Dynax (Maxxum, Alpha) 700si that needs a replament
    program card door, which is, according to Minolta Service, to be
    replaced from the top (no doubt about that).

    I have difficulties removing the top cover though. I removed the two
    screws under the flashlight, the two under the finder cover, I removed
    the lock cover (right hand side when looking at the front side), the
    front cover, and the screw in behind the program card door, but the
    cover doesn't come loose. It seems to be held fast by something on the
    upper edge of the hand grip, a bit left and down from the front dial
    (again, when looking from the front side/lens mount).

    Where is that final screw/hook/... and how to I reach that to remove the
    top cover?

    TIA,
     
    Matthias Andree, Nov 19, 2003
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    Adam F Guest

    I don't know, but I know people who would -
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Minolta/
    you will probably be able to get a service manual through one of the members
    too...

    adam f

    PS i think you're brave, the inside of a 700si is bleeding complicated!
     
    Adam F, Nov 20, 2003
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  3. Will try, thanks for the pointer.
    Well, I usually know where to stop when I cannot do some thing because I
    have insufficient documentation or tools. That's why my 700si's top
    cover is still in place, after all, and the spare part not on order yet
    :) Should I, after removing the top cap, figure I don't dare the repair
    (I don't want to put the almost-working body at stake because the CARD
    ADJ button doesn't work with the door open), I'll close the body again
    and send it to Minolta repair service in Bremen to have them do it - but
    it'd be more expensive that way.
     
    Matthias Andree, Nov 21, 2003
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    Marko B. Guest

    Do you use cards a lot?

    You might be better off buying used one.

    m.
     
    Marko B., Nov 22, 2003
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  5. I commonly use the DA-2 and sometimes the BR or CUxi cards.
    That's a more expensive way. The spare part is 26.80 EUR + 5 EUR package
    and shipping + 16% VAT in Germany, Tools another 7 ¤. I won't get a used
    "B+" or better 700si for 36.88 ¤, it's rather 150+ EUR. Tools needed:
    cross-socket screwdriver size 00 (3.50 EUR in DE), 1.5mm hexagon socket
    screwdriver or wrench (50 mm shaft length, another 3.50 or 1.00).

    I have now figured how to open the 700si: there is a hidden hexagon
    socket screw (SW 1.5 mm) in the hole next to the battery slot that you
    can reach with either a "long" wrench (at least 50 mm shaft length, 55
    mm for a wrench) - Example: Wiha 369, Wera 950 L or some other *L
    variant - or with a tiny screwdriver (Wiha 263P, 264P, 367, ...). Those
    el-cheapo wrenches that come in a tool kit are too short.
     
    Matthias Andree, Nov 22, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Matthias Andree wrote:

    Does that mean you finaly fixed it? If not, try the minolta user group
    on yahoo. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Minolta/

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Nov 24, 2003
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  7. Thanks for your interest. I haven't fixed it yet, I only opened it. I
    have yet to order the replacement part, I'd deferred this until after I
    knew how to open (non-destructively ;-) the body and didn't get around
    to order today.

    I've had a short glance at the Minolta group, and Yahoo with their gory
    registration for the archives pisses me off; the subscription is easy
    but won't give me the archives without linking it to a Yahoo account
    (and their server refused creation...)

    Is someone keeping an inofficial archive of that Minolta group that
    doesn't require selling your soul and first-born to Yahoo and perform a
    magic web-server soothening ahem dance at full moon midnight?

    Don't want to ask recently-asked or archived questions, you know... I
    skimmed over the first 50 Google hits for "Minolta group Yahoo archive"
    to no avail.
     
    Matthias Andree, Nov 24, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I just suggested it as a resource. If it is too much trouble for you,
    that's your problem. I meant that you could 'ask' and lo-and-behold
    somebody might leap up to help.
     
    Alan Browne, Nov 26, 2003
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  9. Nah, just frustration on my part, please apologize. I was annoyed by a)
    there being a "yahoo user account sign-up" procedure to be able to
    access the archive that b) didn't work at the time I tried it.

    It's just you shouldn't post before checking the archives if an archive
    is available.

    Thanks again for the pointer, I am subscribed, so I'm getting new posts
    from that list, but I don't have archive access apparently yet. I won't
    bother now. Next time perhaps.
     
    Matthias Andree, Nov 26, 2003
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  10. I faxed my order to the Minolta spare parts service in Bremen (Germany)
    on Tuesday, received the part on Thursday and I simply *HAD* to replace
    it at once and even let my lunch get cold over that...

    It took me some time, there is a nasty spring at the bottom of the door
    that needs to pull the door shut rather than push it open - and I needed
    to re-assemble the body; virtually everything had to be removed - the
    top cover depends on the front cover and on the door lock cover, the
    front cover depends on the bottom cover which is happy to spit the
    "rewind" button on the desk, the door lock cover ejects another spring
    when opened... you get the picture, precision mechanics even at the door
    lock. All in all maybe an hour plus another few minutes to micro-wave my
    lunch ;-)

    Everything appears to be working fine (all buttons work, card works,
    shutter and AF work - tried with back cover open), I'll only need to
    shoot some test slides before putting the camera to *serious* use, but
    I'm confident it's fine.
     
    Matthias Andree, Dec 1, 2003
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