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I bought a Pentax Motor Drive A for use with my Pentax Super

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Program. All literature indicates...
I bought a Pentax Motor Drive A for use with my Pentax Super Program. All literature indicates the two are compatible. However, after attaching the drive per the instructions, the film advance function will not work. I can trip the shutter, but the motor does not wind. It has brand new batteries, and their alignment is correct.
JA: What's the make/model of your camera? How old is it?
Customer: The camera is a Super Program, probably produced in the early 1980's.
JA: What happened right before this popped up? What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: I've replaced the batteries, tried the drive on a Program Plus, but the motor will not advance the film.
JA: Anything else you want the Camera Expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: No.
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Camera and Video Technician: Harry, Customer Service replied 27 days ago
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Customer reply replied 26 days ago
The drive still doesn't work properly.
Camera and Video Technician: Harry, Customer Service replied 26 days ago

I have seen a video of the two working together without any issues as well.

I see that you mentioned it would not work on two different cameras which leads me to believe the drive is at fault. Where did you buy it from?

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Customer reply replied 26 days ago
AHA. Since these are no longer manufactured, I had to chance buying a used (labeled "like new") on eBay. I realize that it's probably a crap shoot, buying used like that, but I figured it was worth the chance. On a couple of web forums, there aren't even any Pentax "techs" who have parts for them. I suspect the connections have probably deteriorated a bit over time. I've been a bit reluctant in trying to take the drive all the way apart, since those aren't in my skills area. I did try the usual: cleaning contacts different batteries, etc., the usual.Just thought someone out there might have a general thought about functioning.
Camera and Video Technician: Harry, Customer Service replied 26 days ago

The reason I asked where you bought it at is because if it was eBay like you mentioned then you can ask for a refund on the item since it is not working. Unless the item was labeled "as-is" then it should be returned and refunded back to you.

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Customer reply replied 26 days ago
The camera's may also be suspect. These are the older Program/Program A and Super Program/Program A cameras, and the connections have probably deteriorated a bit also. The drives have been bought "as is", so I wasn't expecting any type of warranty.The older film cameras work well, and are usually a bit simpler. But the prices folks ask, make these items "throw away", if they don't work, or quit. I can get a nice Pentax Super Program for $25-$30, so no great loss when they die. The ones which have lasted longest are the simpler models with very little electronics. They keep on firing every time I press the shutter. I have some 50-year old Nikons and Pentaxes which do very well. Film is very much a fun hobby.
Camera and Video Technician: Harry, Customer Service replied 26 days ago

That is unfortunate. I was hoping that you could return it for a refund instead of being stuck with a product that you can't use.

The next step would be taking it apart under your own technical support because as you noticed, Pentax techs are non-existent.

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