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Black screen I also get a black screen when I turn on the camera. It just started doing it one day and never fixed itself. I can go to all the menus and can even view pix from a memory card. I just can't take pix (they come out just a black pic) or see anything, but black on the screen, the focus square and what mode I'm in! UGH!

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  • Elizabeth Maranville Mar 09, 2007

    After gently tapping the camera, like advanced suggested, with the screen on I noticed a slight bit of light coming through to the sensor. I figured out that if I push up firmly on the extended scope/lens (whatever you call it) I can see everything I'm pointing at. Pain in the butt, yes, but worth it til I can afford a new digi!!
    Thank You!!!

  • Elizabeth Maranville Jan 31, 2008

    Just a little tip. If you fix it then aren't careful (say by accidentally tapping against something, or dropping it) you will have to go through the whole process again.

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DarrenC was absolutely right. The ribbon at the top of the case is the culprit. The little black connectors on the sides of the ribbon where it connects to the board did the trick. I've had this same problem for about 6 months. I had to push on the upper right hand corner of the camera with one hand while snapping a picture with the other hand. But it really is so simple, 1. seven screws, 2. top ribbon, 3. black connectors! I'm so excited, thanks TerryB and DarrenC.

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I followed the advice of TerryB and removed all (7) screws from the sides and bottom. It took a bit of effort to get the back off, and the door for the smartcard fell off with a metal brace. This revealed the PCB board. There are three yellow ribbons, but the one connected at the top connects to the lens/shutter and it is what came loose on mine. It was not obvious until I took a very close look. I pushed the black connectors back in, and low and behold it now works. Thanks TerryB! It took a bit of effort to put the PCB board back together, but it all fits from the inside.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007

  • dobicraz Aug 03, 2011

    I totally agree with Darren's fix!! But i really had to look closely!! at the top ribbon to see that it was loose, it really wasn't until I moved it further off and then pushed it back on that I could tell how far it was really out. Thanks so much to everyone for their input, so happy I dont have to replace my favorite camera!! WendyL

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I took the advice of taking the screws off and just fixing the orange cable, it is the orange cable that is alone by itself, not the one that is next to the black and red one that controls whether the image is black or where you can see it. I was afraid to tamper with anything, but I went to the 99c store and got a little "precision tool kit"with about ten little screwdrivers,and unscrewed all of the screws on the outside case, then took the back off, the orange wire next to the black and red cable came out. I then focused on the orange cable by itself and just took it,and with the flat little screwdriver, put the black thing behind it back in, BUT did not push it all the way in, then i slid the orange cable on top of it and slid it into place, and then pushed down one side of the black thing to secure the orange cable in place, Then I put the other orange cable back and the red and black cable back, and tada! Camera is as good as new!!!!!!!!! I could not believe it,with 99cent supplies, 10 minutes, and some patience, I fixed it and saved so much money. I do love this little camera, I record videos with it as well. Thanks for the tip it was awesome, I love taking videos of my son!

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I had the same problem and I just fixed it myself! 

I: (1) removed the six screws from the camera; (2) opened it up; (3) simply jiggled the orange ribbon cable; (4) made sure the internal plug-in was in tight; and (5) closed the camera and put the screws back in.  As soon as I turned it on, IT WORKED!!!

Good luck!! 

P.S.  I found this solution somewhere on this Fixya.com site, but I can't relocate it.  THANK YOU to whomever posted it!!

 

BTW, I originally took the camera to the camera store and they told me they would have to send it away for repair, and that I was looking at anywhere between $100-150 to fix.

 

~CameraGirl!

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Number 7 solution worked beautifully. I was visiting grandchildren and was so frustrated when my black screen appeared. Tapping the camera gently was the solution! Hooray! grateful grandmother

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If any of you need parts for your LZ2 there is a guy in South Carolina who has good used parts. I got an LCD for $49.00 and it works like new. I think his email is gerald.ray@aa-ark.com

Posted on Mar 12, 2008

Thank you for solution its work whell on mine ..this the orange ribon on top .just push it than it work again . isave 100 box thank and happy new year

Posted on Jan 02, 2008

Wow!!! Thank you. Terry B and DarrenC. My camera worked fine for two years, then I couldn't capture an image. However, I could review old photos, so I knew that some part of the camera was working. I followed the suggestion above. .I removed the 7 screws, and then carefully inserted the orange ribbon on the top. This produced a fuzzy image. I then taped the ribbon on the bottom a bit, and the camera was able to capture an image. This is great. My camera now works fine.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007

Thanks for the idea of tapping on shutter. Both my kids received the DMC-LZ2 as gifts over a year ago and both experienced the black screen issue within 6 weeks of one another. By tapping on one of the cameras, I can get a picture on the LCD. The other camera just can't get a full picture. At least one is operable!

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Your camera's shutter has stuck closed. Normally the shutter is open while you compose the image, and when you hit the button it will close allowing the image sensor to record the image at that moment. When it is stuck closed no light can reach the sensor, and there is only black on the screen. Sometimes you can free the jammed shutter by GENTLY tapping the camera on a hard surface. Be very careful, this can damage the camera further if you are not cautious. If the tapping does not free the shutter the camera will have to be serviced by a professional. Check with your manufacturer to see if there are recalls or technical bulletins pertaining to your camera. Failing that there are repair services online who can work on your camera. David Millier Advance Camera Repair

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