Question about Kodak EasyShare DX7630 Digital Camera
The joy stick does not function any longer. can I fix it?
The 5-way switch breaks it's solder connections on several Kodak models. if you have a soldering iron with a fine tip and are comfortable working on small soldering joints it is possible to repair the joystick (there are 10 solder connections on a 1/4 inch square switch, 3 on two sides and 2 on the other two sides)
Posted on Nov 16, 2008
I've had the DX7630 for more than five years, and up until recently, the only problem I had was the battery clip breaking. I bought a new one on eBay, but I just noticed the round piece that holds the spring for the clip seems to be cracked again. The other problems that just surfaced are missing pixels on the viewer screen, and I found that the joystick button that you push to select actions doesn't work, or at least it didn't work for deleting photos that I don't want. I found a good video (audio in German) that shows how to get the back off the camera and replace the viewer screen, and I used the directions to get the back off my camera. The rotary switch and the joystick and their associated circuit board come off with the back. I undid the two screws that hold the board to the back, and then was able to turn over the board and view the gold switch contact tracks. I took an ordinary rubber pencil eraser (the non-smearing kind) and gently rubbed around all surfaces of the tracks and reassembled the circuit board, the joystick and re-plugged the ribbon connection from the main camera body to the switch circuit board, retaped it to hold it secure, and then reassembled the whole camera. Now the joystick seems to work for all functions. Yippee!
Posted on Dec 19, 2011
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