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No display on lcd screen

I am not able to see anything on lcd screen. But blindly i can press the menu keys and operate. This is very irritating for me to use camcorder without lcd display. please help me regarding this matter. the colour was changing from green to yellow to orange and finally everything vanished. now its totally blank screen waiting for suitable suggestions. srihari

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Re: no display on lcd screen

Hai First check other functions, If all the functions ok then LCD ribbon cable may be defective, replace LCD ribbon cable. best of luck udupi Prathiksha Electronics Bangalore

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I,ve not been able to see anything on "DCR-HC32 -HC-42" LCD screen, but its working properly if we press it blindly, otherwise its viewfinder is o.k

If the touch screen of the Camcorder is not working, please follow the troubleshooting steps.

Please make sure that you're using fully charged batteries.

Turn off the Camcorder and turn ON again and check the operation.

Try resetting the Camcorder by pressing the reset button above the hand strap.


Note: In the above picture, 10 represent the reset button.

If the issue persists again, please perform LCD screen Calibration and check if that helps.

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Perform a power resetting of the Camcorder. To perform power resetting, please remove the battery pack, turn the Power switch to ON for more than 15 seconds, turn the Power switch to OFF position and then reinsert the battery pack.

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DatelTime Settings
1) Set the Power Switch 4D to "1M!" while pressing
down the Lock Button (I) located on the switch.
2) Press the MENU Wheel 0 in. The Menu Screen
3) Rotate the MENU Wheel 0 to select
"~TO SYSTEM MENU" and press it to display SYSTEM MENU. Rotate the MENU Wheel 0 to select "~NEXT" and press it to display the next page.
4) Rotate the MENU Wheel 0 to select "DATE/ TIME" and press it. The DATEITIME Menu appears.
5) To set "YEAR", "MONTH", "DAY" or "TIME" (hour/minute), rotate the MENU Wheel 0 to select the desired item, and press it. When the setting begins blinking, rotate the MENU Wheel o until the correct setting appears and then press it. The setting stops blinking.
6) When none of these settings ("YEAR", "MONTH", "DAY", "TIME") blinks, rotate the MENU Wheel 0 to select "~EXIT", and press it. The Menu Screen reappears with the highlight bar on "~RETURN".
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