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Vertical lines on memory card playback

Whether recording to tape or to the memory car, I get vertical lines displayed in the playback. And cleaning the heads did nothing (especially since the problem is present on memory card playback).

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The lcd ribbon cable is cracked and must be replaced
this is a common problem with this model I have fixed over 100

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I work on this model of samsung the lcd problem is a common thing with this camera
The ribbon cable to the lcd from the camera cracks and causes what you are talking about .
Normally the camera will still work buy using the eye viewfinder for recording and playback but you will not hear the sound unless the lcd door is open but then the picture in the viewfinder goes away when this door is open and comes back when it is closed
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