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Blank LCD screen on shooting mode, but does show settings. Will not take pictures. Replaying mode works, shows pictures taken before screen went blank. New batteries. What is going on??? Is it fixable?

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Re: Blank LCD screen on shooting mode, but does show...

Thanks for that link, I will keep it handy! Be careful however, because the exact same symptom can be caused by a stuck shutter. To tell if it is a stuck shutter follow these steps: 1. Turn off the flash!! 2. Look down into the lens. 3. Take a picture. Did you see anything change? The opening at the center should be momentarily covered by a matte black shield. If you take a picture and see no change inside the lens then the shutter is stuck closed or open. If Canon finds your shutter to be stuck and not a CCD failure, the repair will not be free.. very not free. David Millier Advance Camera Repair

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L just got my camera back from Canon, the CCD card was the culprit, the camera was fixed for free. I had the repair sent, done and returned back to me all within 8 business days. I am so impressed! Thanks David for the initial check list. That helped me to determine if the problem was possibly the CCD card. Nopix - Thanks so much! I am happy to have my old bud back in working order. I will never own any thing else but a canon.

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