Why won't my flash trigger ?

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    Alright, I bought an SB-600 last week, and so far I love it, BUT, sometimes when i'm trying to take a picture the flash doesnt always trigger. Now at first it didnt seem like that big of a deal to me, but now it's getting kind of annoying. Is there a setting that I may have missed or something ? Any input or advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
     
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    it takes time to recharge. You need to wait until the light turns on.
     
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    Batteries issue?
     
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    Oh schwettylens, yes I actually waited like a couple of minutes before I tried a second shot and it just wouldn't go. Dao, I checked the batteries just to be sure but still, the third shot it flashes, but it won't flash again till the sixth or seventh.
     
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    Are the contacts clean where it connects to the camera? Shooting faster than the flash can catch up happens to me sometimes.

    Edit: I see you been waiting a few minutes so its not the speed.
     
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    Have you checked with your manuals?

    What are your camera shooting mode and flash mode settings when this happens?

    On camera or off camera?
     
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    We really need more information about your camera's settings and your flash settings. Also, are you mounting the flash on the camera's hot shoe or is it off camera?
     
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    Sorry for not being too clear on the issue. The camera im using is a D40x, the settings vary so that may have something to do with it. Flash settings I have yet to figure out I have however check te manual for options and I have tried the most basic one. Flash setting is to zoom 35 lets say, my lens is set to 35 shooting. When I hit the shutter, it will still take the picture but the flash won't trigger sometimes.
     
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    Set the flash to manual mode. Change the power to something like 1/128 (lowest possible) and see if it is better (ignore the exposure on the photos)

    If you have a new set of or freshly charged batteries, try those first.
     
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    Make sure the flash is set to either on-camera or off-camera depending how it's being used.

    On camera use: press 'zoom' & '-' simultaneously and make sure the squiggly line is set to OFF. (I know, backwards thinking). Opposite setting for off-camera use (ON).
     
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    Thank you both so much for the input andadvice I will definately go home and try both those settings. If that works i'd like to thank you in advance for both your help.
     
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    Is the flash going to sleep? Frequently when my SB 600 is off camera it will go to sleep and then not flash until the second frame after it wakes up.
     

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