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My Flip Camera turns on but then just goes to a black screen.

I turn the Camera on like normally and then instead of showing whatever the camera should be seeing it just displays a black screen. It still registers on the computer. I just got this please help.

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  • Kim in Tulsa Feb 12, 2009

    I have had the camera for about a year. Yesterday, I tried to turn it on and the view screen won't stay on. It says "flip video" then goes black. It beeps like it's turning on then when I turn it off, it says Flip Video and it beeps like it's turning off. I changed the batteries twice, but I don't think that's the issue.

    I was able to connect it to my computer and download all the videos on it and even updated the firmware. The camera itself just won't show a live picture or any recorded videos, nor will it record anything new. The red light on the front doesn't come on.

    Kim

  • lthorpe Feb 15, 2009

    I turn on the flip video and it beeps, shows start up screen (FLIP VIDEO) then nothing. Wiil not turn off, have to remove battires to turn off. Hooked up to computer and downloaded files, updated firmware. Still same problem..

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2009

    Our flip camera is making us pull our hair out!!!! It doesn't work!!! Whenever we press the button to turn it on...it doesn't. We thought maybe it was the batteries...so we took AA batteries from a remote controller that has been working forever...(and from every other household object) AND IT DOESN'T Work!!! Help US!!!!!! Please!!!!

    POFP--Pissed Off Flip People

    P.S.--We have a project due tomorrow and need the flip to film stuff...!!!!

    (P.P.S. We are teenagers....so don't judge us!!!!)

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SOURCE: Flip video

Are you running it on a MAC or a PC? If you are on a MAC - that may be where the issue is coming from. The Flip is not really compatible with the MAC unless you dowload special software to change things......

Posted on Feb 16, 2008

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SOURCE: Flip Video Camera Won't Start Up

Flip support helped me solve this problem. Their procedure is to take the batteries out of the camera and leave it sit for 48 hours. After 48 hours, put different batteries into the camera and turn it on. Your problem should be solved. It worked for me the first time and now I currently doing it for a second time. Waiting for 48 is no fun, but at least it works and fixing it is not expensive. No explanation was given to me about the problem.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Flip Camera Video Screen is white

THe camera is still likely recording good video and sound, you just can't see it on the little LCD screen. Go ahead and film something short, then plug the camera into your computer and see if you have a little movie. It's not good anymore, but can still work! I don't have a solution for the crash of the LCD monitor.

Posted on Dec 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Hello. We have a Flip HD video camera. After

The smell test is always the best bet to see if it has been fried. If you can smell a burning smell then that would most likely be the problem.

Try unplugging the Camera and plugging it into a different wall outlet directly (don't go through an adapter).

Where the computer is concerned. Try Restarting your computer and plugging the camera back in. If this doesn't work, then also, try plugging the camera into a different USB slot (incase the one it is being plugged into is not working properly).

I hope this helps. Regards,

Posted on Feb 10, 2010

Testimonial: "Thanks 4 the suggestions. We eventually realized that it just take a long time to charge the Flip (about 4) hours & the wall adapter doesn't work. :)"

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SOURCE: how to turn on the flip camera

that means the battery's dead....When mine was like that, i was totally freaking out to....

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