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buy your schreen on ebay international seller with the camera exact model number ..and replace the schreen alone. you can find a lot of video of lcd replacement on german you tube... write in this mode on you tube.. lcd umtausch so you can see if you have possibilty to make it alone...it is not so dificult.
Depending on how old the battery is and what sort of life it's led it could well be due for a replacement. They are extremely cheap especially from Ebay and the newer batteries last much longer per shoot. I assume you have checked the output of the charger and that the lead from the charger to the camera are in good order. A friendly repair shop should take only a few minutes if you can't do it. It is possible for almost brand new batteries to die in action. So don't be surprised if you do need a new one. By the way, when buying from Ebay most of the Hong Kong dealers sell the batteries in pairs. This is the best way to buy them as everyone should carry a spare with them.
Don't be concerned about buying from Hong Kong I've bought literally thousands of items and found I've had more hassles with local sellers than those from Hong Kong. And the batteries are about a quarter what you pay for them at home. Plus they are not rejects or duds. Those days are just about over.
That likely wouldn't fix it now. The cheap generic batteries sometimes cause this problem. Let me make a suggestion, if you go to camerasand parts.com they only charge $69 to totally service the camera up, that includes the power problem too and also the shipping back. The good thing is that since you have a power problem, they'll swap out your battery for you too if that was the problem. Just thought to mention that as a suggestion, they're amazing if you need help with a Canon Powershot Digital Camera. If things don't work out with the seller, here's a great option and maybe the seller will pitch in to have it serviced up.
The symptoms which you describe are very strongly suggestive of a failed CCD imager. Either the one you have is faulty or the ribbon cable which supplies power to the CCD has failed in some way. The CCD is not involved in producing the on screen icons and their continued presence plus the ability to view pre-fault images confirm that the LCD screen and associated electronics are unaffected.
Sorry, but there is absolutely nothing you can do to try and fix this: I'm assuming that you've tried a camera reset and already learned that it will not solve this particular problem.
As the camera shouldn't be much over a year old I suggest that you contact the seller. The Sale of Goods Act basically says that goods must be "fit for purpose" and of "satisfactory quality". In practice they'll probably tell you to contact Panasonic: even if the camera is out of warranty they usually are very supportive if the defect is due to an original manufacturing fault. If you're in the UK then the Sale of Goods Act was amended recently to the effect that a seller is liable for up to six years after the date of sale for faulty products. There is now an automatic assumption that faults were present at the time of sale (even if it takes time for them to appear) unless the seller can prove that the fault is due to misuse. If you're in the UK then you can search for more details of these rights for yourself, but it's important to note that it's the seller, not the manufacturer, who is ultimately responsible under the terms of the Act.
If you're outside the UK then some of the principles of the UK Sale of Goods Act may well be covered by your own local laws. In the UK "satisfactory quality" depends upon the product: you wouldn't expect a cheap disposable razor to last six years, nor would you expect an expensive pair of trainers to last that long simply because of the way that they're used. The former would be expected to last up to around one month and the latter up to around a year (more if rarely worn, much less if actively used for sports). But an expensive camera from a prestigious brand in non-professional use would certainly be expected to last at least three years by many people, and some may well reasonably expect it to last a full six years. You'd also expect a cared-for pocketable camera to survive being knocked from a chair or table to the floor at least once in it's expected lifespan but not necessarily to survive a fall from six feet onto concrete.
Whatever you do, do not attempt to open the camera and fix this yourself if you hope to get a free repair: there is quite literally nothing inside which you can fix without specialist tools and knowledge and all bets are off if the seller/manufacturer sees evidence of a non-authorised repair attempt.
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bought a used non-workjing dx 7440 camera for cheap on ebay and just took mine apart and replaced the rear housing assembly. the solution to the parts problem was googling it and finding some ebay matches that were hard to find on ebay's site itself ...
Everyone I used a large paper clip straightened & cut it to size .i did try to grind down a nail on my drill but that did not work You have to take some small screws out around the door then fit the metal pin from the large paperclip and the put the screws back .Alternatively you could try watch pins etc .But hey paperclips are very cheap .They might not be as robust as the origonal but the will do the trick.Lasted at least 6 months untill i dropped the camera recently.
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If it is a new[ish] purchase send it back via the seller.
It may be an issue with the particular model.
Get onto Pentax Tech support Team- See what happens- if it is an issue then a replacement free or at moderate cost may be available.
If the camera is older -there will be no economic repair option.