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D90 Access Lamp/Green Light of Death

MarcG19

Arlington, US
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MarcG19 Registered since 16th Apr 2009
Mon 22-Oct-12 07:14 AM

Hey All,

This weekend my D90 (after many years and around 20K actuations) started exhibiting this problem: access lamp unceasingly blinks after I take a shot. I'm going to try the "reset and let sit for a few days" remedy, but if that doesn't work....

... it seems my only option is to send it to Nikon for repair. A bit of googling tells me this'll cost $200 and is not covered by Nikon's warranty (the camera is still covered by the warranty).

Is this correct?

If so, I have to really consider whether or not it's worth it. I think the ebay price for a decent condition D90 is around $400, and given that mine is in a bit rougher condition, I'd probably get $3-350 for it, meaning that it would be better to sell it as a defective/for parts only unit.

However, at least in the meantime, I can just remove the battery and/or SD card when I'm not shooting, in order to preserve battery life.

Thanks,

Marc
Soon to be Canon shooter (j/k - even with this issue, I've gotten my $$'s worth out of this camera)

Cheers,

Marc

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OnTERRYo

Hamilton, CA
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#1. "RE: D90 Access Lamp/Green Light of Death" | In response to Reply # 0

OnTERRYo Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Nov 2011
Mon 22-Oct-12 11:48 AM

Hi Marc.
Sorry you are having difficulty.
I have a D90 but no you cannot have it for parts
But, green light flashing, is it not the accessing data light?
Could it be a bad memory card?
To me, this is more likely.
Here's hoping your problem is minor.
Terry.

OnTERRYo

"The Nikon did the work; I just happened to be behind it at the time." TP

MarcG19

Arlington, US
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#2. "RE: D90 Access Lamp/Green Light of Death" | In response to Reply # 1

MarcG19 Registered since 16th Apr 2009
Mon 22-Oct-12 12:02 PM

Thanks. However, it unfortunately is not just a bad data card. The same data card is used elsewhere with no problems, and other data cards have problems.

This is actually a somewhat common problem. I recall a thread or two here that I saw before I posted this, but the easiest to find thread is here:

http://nikonrumors.com/forum/topic.php?id=344

Cheers,

Marc

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"90% of my best life's work could have been made with a manual body, a 24mm lens, and a telephoto zoom in the 80-200 range"
- Galen Rowell
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gkaiseril

Chicago, US
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#3. "RE: D90 Access Lamp/Green Light of Death" | In response to Reply # 2

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Mon 22-Oct-12 02:17 PM

If it the GLD then you need your camera serviced. This is known to be be caused by a bad electrical connection.

George
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MarcG19

Arlington, US
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#4. "RE: D90 Access Lamp/Green Light of Death" | In response to Reply # 3

MarcG19 Registered since 16th Apr 2009
Wed 24-Oct-12 08:44 AM

Yup, I brought it in to Nikon yesterday (one of the advantages of being for the next few weeks in a major Asian city). I'll report how things go.

Cheers,

Marc

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"90% of my best life's work could have been made with a manual body, a 24mm lens, and a telephoto zoom in the 80-200 range"
- Galen Rowell
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MarcG19

Arlington, US
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#5. "RE: D90 Access Lamp/Green Light of Death" | In response to Reply # 4

MarcG19 Registered since 16th Apr 2009
Tue 30-Oct-12 02:24 PM

Got it back from Nikon service. All they did was clean the SD card slot. The D90 is working fine.

Cheers,

Marc

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"90% of my best life's work could have been made with a manual body, a 24mm lens, and a telephoto zoom in the 80-200 range"
- Galen Rowell
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ericbowles

Atlanta, US
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#6. "RE: D90 Access Lamp/Green Light of Death" | In response to Reply # 5

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Thu 01-Nov-12 02:33 PM

That's great news - glad it was a simple fix.

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