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Screen stays blank after starting

The lcd screen and the viewfinder both remain black after putting the toggle button to 'camera'. dont know wat went wrong. plz need urgent help!? an early reply will be appreciated!

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Re: screen stays blank after starting

Look for a tiny pinhole and insert a pin while powered up to reset

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* It may be necessary to refer to the operating instructions provided with the camcorder for information on how to perform a task on your specific model.
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Hi this is tech crazy

Based on the information you have provided, it appears that you may have
encountered this issue. To determine if the CCD (image sensor) is
working properly, please follow these steps:

1. Insert a memory card with known good images on it into the camera.

2. Power the camera on to the Playback mode.

3. Press the DISPLAY (DISP) button to enable the LCD panel, and observe
the LCD.

a. If the images are displayed properly, please proceed to step

b. If the images are not displayed, or a "NO IMAGES" message
appears, please ensure that the memory card contains known good images.

c. If the card contains known good images, and the issue persists
with a second memory card, the camera will require service.

4. Switch the camera to the Camera mode. You may use any shooting mode
(i.e. Auto, Manual).

5. Press the DISPLAY (DISP) button to enable the LCD panel.

6. Point the camera at a well-lit scene and observe the LCD and/or
viewfinder. If the scene the camera is pointed at appears on the LCD
and/or viewfinder, the CCD is operating properly. If the LCD and/or
viewfinder remain black, the camera requires service

Hope this solution helps you a lot

Please rate me on the above said solution

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Assumed that LCD screen is black and what about Eye piece viewfinder? Does it show picture to you?
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