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Lcd screen is blurry on my sony handycam dcr-hc20

I've had a sony dcr-hc20 for 4.5 years and it's worked fine. Last week the lcd went black but the view finder still worked. Now the lcd works again but is real blurry. Thought it might be the ccd problem I've read about but the lcd is blurry with tapes I made 4 years ago when I play them back. Audio is works fine.

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This does not sound like a CCD problem yet, but a LCD problem. This would require you to replace the LCD screen. Sounds like the LCD inverter is shot. That is the power supply that is required to back light your LCD.

Before we blame that, you should make sure that all ribbon cables are secure and tight.

Good luck !

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Go to https://eservice.sony.com/webrma/web/specialrma.do. Sony had CCD problems and are offering a fix for $15 S&H. You can run the test they describe to determine if it applies to your problem.

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