Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
Till yesterday LCD screen of Sony DCR-HC42 was working fine. But suddenly today LCD screen is not showing anything while I want to shoot anything. Please help me.
I have opened my camera and found that the flexible circuit/ribbon cable that connects the LCD to the inside of the camera is broken. This is due to poor design, in which the flexible circuit cannot withstand the constant movement of the LCD.
I have managed to buy a new cable from a Sony repair dealer, and will attempt to fit it later on this week.
The part number for the new flexible cable is:
Ref no. 171
FP-185 FLEXIBLE BOARD
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I won't bother trying to complain to Sony directly, because it is quite apparent that they really couldn't give a toss.
Posted on Mar 11, 2008
You can buy the flex cable from ebay or from here:
http://www.think-tec.com/sdp/802780/4/pl-4240360/0-1805888/CAMERA_LCD_SHUTTER_FLE html X_CABLE.
and find a handy friend to help replace that part. You can use also "airshod" instructions posted UP on this forum
Posted on Feb 28, 2010
Two cautionary notes re Airshod's solution:
1. I tried his solution and succeeded in fixing my camera's screen. (Thanks man!) However, be aware that while his notes start off very comprehensive, at a critical final stage they suddenly get far less illuminating. They have about three dense paragraphs of ambiguous instructions without pictures, and that skip over a crucial step (the need to open up the LCD screen).
2. Nevertheless, after much trial and error, I got that part fixed. However, I then managed to break another part of the camera putting it back together again. Specifically, the little hinge-arm on the main circuit board that flips up and down to hold one of the flexicables snapped off and in half. So now I have a camera that has a working LCD screen, but it can't recharge its battery or transfer data to the computer. (If anyone knows how to replace that arm, please let me know!) So be VERY CAREFUL at that stage.
Posted on Sep 25, 2008
My HC42 camcorder recently developed this blank lcd display problem. I searched the web and found Airshods solution. I contacted him for further details and have subsequently been able to repair my camcorder. It's a time consuming and fiddly process but well worth the effort. The FP-185 cost £20. Many thanks to Airshod.
Posted on Aug 08, 2008
Like most of you i have also had problems with my LCD, it just stopped working. I have just sent Sony a Email about it, but like some of you mentioned they don't do anything about i have probably waisted my time too. So, let all report it to the BBC watchdog, them they may do something about it.
Which us all good luck.
Mrs M S
Posted on Mar 12, 2008
Sony UK have come back denying that there is an inherent problem with this camera (depsite me providing links to the threads on this site). Only solution provided is for me to pay for repairs at their service centre (at a cost of £175). Have challenged without luck. Urge people to make Sony aware if you have this probelm (if you want I can send on the email chains I sent for you to forward on to them as evidence that someone has encountered - my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Posted on Mar 07, 2008
The electronic strap of the camera which connects the main camera with the LCD screen might have been damaged. This gets damaged with usage. get it changed at the service centre
Posted on Feb 24, 2008
After a few hours looking around I managed to source the part from aasonyparts.com - the phone number is best as I couldn't find the part-number on-line - 0870 2406354
Posted on Oct 30, 2008
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