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Lcd panel stays black

The camera shutter is working, but it won't take a photo. We're tied directly to a computer, no card. The lcd screen stays black. Any ideas?

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  • quickaspeter Aug 17, 2007

    Didn't work, the ccd is gone. Thanks.

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A penlight shined into zoomed back lens - shows if iris is open ( ccd looks like a small xmas tree scene , deep in center ) : if iris is stuck closed , a thorough lens cleaning should restore camera video - if iris is open , the ccd may be or already has failed ;

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