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DC400 Screen only showing slanted multicolorlines

As above, this camera quit working and only showed the multi color slanted lines on screen and can't take pictures or change menus or anything. Would a bad battery or low voltage cause this?

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Re: DC400 Screen only showing slanted multicolorlines

No this is clearly a CCD sensor problem ( CCD generates image in v-cams and still digital cameras ) if the sensor is outputting too much noise then your image will be distorted just like yours is. If the sensor is outputting nothing then camera shows blank screen ( also notice that with this problem you can playback OK ). Replace CCD block.

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