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LCD connection ribbon possibly broken

I had recently dropped the camera and in the process jammed the motor which controls the extension of the lens. I opened it up and was able to fix the motor, but now that I have put it all back together, the LCD will not power up anymore. I was going to check the ribbon connecting the LCD to the circuit and when I moved the LCD, it would occasionally go completely white, but no picture would pop up. I had disconnected the LCD completely before fixing the motor as a precaution, as it was unscrewed and I did not want the screen to be hanging on by just the ribbon. After fixing the motor, I reconnected ALL THE WAY and made sure of it. Also, the LCD was working perfectly well after the motor had jammed, so it was not the drop that damaged it. This is an, otherwise, perfect camera as it still takes pictures/videos and can still upload to the computer. You just can't see the pictures/video until you upload them to a computer. Is it possible that there is another ribbon- such as the two on the left hand side of the circuit- that carries a signal to the LCD? If not, then is there any way of replacing the ribbon? And this would be my last choice, but if someone were willing to sell a S800 LCD screen to me from a broken camera, I would be willing to try to make some sort of deal.

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