I've just turned on the ViviCam 4100 after a month or so of not using it and the lcd shows just a grey/black blob and some thin horizontal and vertical colored lines. I've tried taking the batteries out for a short period, then putting them back in but the problem persists.
It should not make any difference how long you had not used it.Problem is may have you had either put camera near magnetic surface or strong metal or its LCD screen get dropped down. Your Problem is with cuircuit and not setting.
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If you transfer the pics at pc, is the same condition? Black pics in pc? If yes, then isnt the LCD viewer, sound like a malfunctioning
CCD-image sensor. Rare, but possible problem with your LCD screenviewer... in both cases (LCD or CCD) this isn't a job that you could solve yourself; this wrong
images or abnormal colors, scratchy purple lines, blank or black pictures,
and/or black videos with good sound being recorded on the camera's flash
suggest check THIS LINK for additional details in this previous solutions for an Defective
CCD (Charge Coupled
Device) and next contact your technical service. Istrongly suggest(taking intoconsiderationthe age of yourcamera) to
evaluatethe cost ofrepairversusthe
cost of anewcamerawith similarfeatures,before making afinaldesicion.
Looks like the LCD screen in damaged... If you can tolerate the "blob" and it doesn't show up in your images when they're downloaded, then it's not an issue, but if you want to change the LCD, go back to ebay and type in your camera model and "LCD". There are a few camera dismantlers that sell on ebay and you'll find a good deal.
On the front of the camera there is a black "arrow" with silver on it which slides towards the name Vivitar ViviCam 4100. This opens the shutter and turns the camera on. Slide it back towards the words 4.0 Mega Pixels and it turns off.
I had the same problem and I think I may have just figured it out. Plug in your camera as you normally would. Then right click on My Computer and then click Properties. Click on Device Manager and locate the Vivicam 4100 USB Device in the Drives section. Right click it and Uninstall. When it is off the list, unplug the camera from the computer. With the camera still turned on, plug it back into the computer. There should be a little icon in the system tray that it is locating the drivers. It will take a long time so be patient. After a few minutes, a window should appear asking what you want to do with the new device. If you open the folder to view files, you'll want to make sure to copy the drive letter to make a shortcut to the desktop as the drive won't always or immediately show up in My Computer. Also make sure to Safely Remove Hardware from the system tray. I hope that helps. It was a pain in the you-know-what.
Playing Back images/Video Clips on TV
You can also playback your images on a TV screen. Before connecting to any device, make sure to
select NTSC/PAL system to match the video output system of the video equipment you are going to
connect to Vivicam 5340s, then turn all connected devices off.
1. Position Vivicam 5340s on the cradle.
2. Match the docking connectors and carefully insert Vivicam 5340s
until it fits in place.
3. Connect one end of the A/V cable to the A/V terminal of the
4. Connect the other end to the A/V input socket of the TV set.
5. Turn the TV and Vivicam 5340s on.
6. Playback the still images/video clips.
The method of operation is the same as playing back still
images and video clips on Vivicam 5340s.
I hope this helps:)