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Video cam flip-out screen problem

Hi. I have a Panasonice PV-G50D video camera. When I flip out the screen it will initally come on but as I open the screen all the way it goes off. If I open it
really, really slow, it will stay on but that takes minutes. How do I fix the problem quickly and cheaply, maybe myself? Do I need to replace the ribbon connector between the screen and the camera? Thanx!

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  • jcr5 Dec 03, 2008

    Mine works only when inverted and reversed ( i.e flip screen and lens point the same way)

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You're on the right track. Ribbon cables rarely fail from flexing. That's what their made to do, thousands or tens of thousands of times. But maybe one end has slipped part way out of the blade clamp from twisting the display more than 180 degrees. Or there could be some corrosion causing high resistance. I would at least take the case apart enough to inspect the cable and reseat the connections. But write down or video tape the disassembly steps and where each screw goes so you can get it all back together properly. Some brands use identical screws (thanks Sony) and some use a maddening array of different length and different thread pitches (metal vs. plastic threads). If you don't have a service manual, you'll have to experiment to find the proper disassembly steps. Sometimes it's straightforward, sometimes it's like a Rubic's Cube with hidden latches or interlocking pieces.

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