I am a pretty experienced Minolta film camera user. I've had three X700s (I still have two of them), a SR-T 202 (I still have it), a SR-T SC II, and an XG-M. I just picked up an XE-7 at an estate sale, and I can't seem to get it to work. I'm stumped. The problem seems to be that it is not drawing power from the battery compartment. I have two new Energizer LR44 button cells correctly installed in the battery compartment. The compartment itself looks clean. But when I turn the power switch on, the light meter doesn't function, and the mirror doesn't drop when press the trigger. What is particularly telling is that the battery check light doesn't go on when I press the battery check button. So it doesn't seem that there is any power getting from the fresh batteries into the camera. I'm stumped. Does anyone have a clue what the problem is, and whether it is fixable? Has anyone else had this problem?