Oh, thought you were using the sync terminal on the camera. Sorry for not paying attention- missed the post where you mentioned the adapter.
Anyway, my hot shoe adapter eventually gave out as well.
In effect 106dgc, you might say that you and I have the same problem.
I think on the last shoot I'd undertaken using the 7D I'd done the same thing- bounced off a ceiling/wall to trigger a couple of slaves. The thing about using the on-board flash or flashgun as an optical trigger is that if you're shooting people you're likely to get an additional catchlight in their eyes. It can be distracting, depending on how close you are to your subject.
If the flashgun's firing, maybe it isn't the camera? I contemplated purchasing another hot shoe adapter but since I'm now using Nikon equipment I figured it just wasn't worth the bother, since they aren't available here and I'd have to order them from Hong Kong off gadgetinfinity.com.
They're relatively inexpensive, so perhaps it's worth a shot?