My C-4000 fell off of a table and the LCD no longer functions, although otherwise it seems to work fine. I have figured out a few things, such as turning on the flash and going to macro mode without the LCD, but most of the controls require diving into multi-level menus that are not practically navigable without the screen.
Having repaired a variety of devices of similar complexity, I'd like to attempt to repair this myself, but the disassembly process is not obvious. The exact physical connections made by the few external screws are not clear. I learned years ago that when it is unclear how to proceed, one runs a risk of making things worse.
Can anyone offer guidance on how to disassemble it far enough to get at the screen, or comment on the practicality of such a repair?
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Re: Dead LCD screen
It could be as simple as a dislodge connector.
If this model has a plastic body then simple flexing around the screen periphery may get it going again.
Are you sure though the screen is dead?
Can you see 'Ghost' images for example.
But a repair will mean replacement parts, and there are not easily come by.
Check out Olympus.
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No but I had a different issue with the screen before- send it into canon- they are good about fixing bad screens and you can track the entire process of the repair from the moment they receive the camera-
Go here: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=SupportIndexAct
then put in you camera model. then there is an a screen with four boxes with options. On the bottom left box click on "arrange a repair"
This worked for me. Take out battery and card. Wait a few minutes. Set camera in Auto (stil pic) mode. Replace card and battery, turn on. Select function, tab through all options returning to auto. Press function. This seems to be working, Let me know how this works for you. I found nothing on the Canon site. A sad commentary on the company.
I have the same problem with my C-4000, and I know someone else with a similar model with the very same problem. Fully charged batteries will briefly read read as full, then moments later drop to near dead (usually after taking the first photo), and then shortly thereafter the camera goes dead.
This is a great camera and has suited me just fine as a point and shoot backup to my SLR. After hearing about so many people with similar problems, I almost feel like Olympus built in a fault in order to encourage people to buy their latest and greatest cameras.
As long as the pictures look fine it is something going on with the lcd display.
If it was taking pictures the same, it could be a special effect that is turned on or the CCD is bad. It sounds like the LCD display is bad. Some cameras can be repaired at a reasonable price with a new LCD display.
Have you replaced the batteries in the camera? That might take care of the problem.
the beeping is the battery being dead but the black screen with random stuff sounds like the LCD panel is busted. i work at a repair shop and have the same problem with my samsung s630 major problem...lcd panel is not available anylonger for that model.
Assuming you are recording images on to the memory card[are you?].
Is is a 'peer through the screen to take model or can you use a normal viewfinder?
If the latter I would learn to live without looking at the images ,until yo can see them on the screen[computer or TV] at home.
Otherwise at this age it will be new camera time I feel,
But do get onto Canon webs site technical support
there may be a simple solution.
do you think you broke the switch when it landed mysinse wont come out on my camera so i finally took it apart you know what i found a small watch battery on the circut board maby yours got docked when it fell i wonder how many people have dead batteries and cant figure out what is wrong with their cameras