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LCD screen goes black when opened

Camera is 3 yrs old, working great till yesterday. When I open the LCD screen its black. If I open it part ways or flip it and close it, you can see the screen is fully funtional. Not sure what the problem is, all other camera functions are working. Need help to fix it myself or is it time for a professional to look at it? Thanks

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  • fixmypan Sep 07, 2007

    Cammer is a PV-GS19 mini DV Digital Camcorder

  • teknojoe Nov 21, 2007

    My view finder goes black too. Ribbon cable connected to the view finder is cracked. This is a design flaw. They should have used a different type of material to create the connection from the view finder to the camera. You have to open the view finder every time to see what you are recording. I would like to find out the part number for this ribbon cable and where to order one. I really like the video this camera takes.

  • corman Feb 24, 2008

    If I open it the screen turns black with linesor , you can see the screen is fully funtional. Not sure what the problem is, all other camera functions are working. Need help to fix it myself or is it time for a professional to look at it? Thanks

  • lovelyrose Apr 09, 2008

    Mine is the same problem as the above person's. Does anyone know how much it would cost to have it fixed?

  • MehdiAnis Nov 06, 2008

    I went to Panasonic site and clicking/searching found Service Center Locatior Link.

    In next page, after I put model# and Zip I get:.....

    If your camera model begins with PV ----- If the unit is over the 90 day warranty period but within the 1 year parts warranty period, the flat rate repair charge is $161.50 (Return Shipping Included). If unit was purchased over 1 year ago, the flat rate repair charge is $261.50 (Return Shipping Included). Please include a check or a credit card number to eliminate any delays in processing your repair.


    Nice! I paid much less than the repair cost 3 Years ago. I wish I could find the flex cable for <$20.

  • goza73034 Nov 28, 2008

    Has anyone found this part yet? I can't seem to find anyone online that even sells replacement parts for these cameras. At the flat repair rate that Panasonic quotes on their website you may as well buy a new camcorder, which I'm sure is what they want you to do anyways.

  • jvnpraveen Dec 28, 2008

    same problem with me. First LCD display was functional when partially opened but now it is completely black at all times.

    Please let me know if anybody solved the same problem ?



  • ps34ever Mar 04, 2009

    when in open the screen it's black and when i want to close it il works very good

  • meyerzone Mar 25, 2009

    I have the same problem...I saw on another site on a review of this product someone fixed this wire for $50.
    I am not going to drop full camera price to fix a wire.
    Does anyone know the part number or who can fix this problem for less than a fortune?



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The flex wire of the lcd monitor is already cut ...go the service center for replacement of the flex wire...or to the other service center for fixing the flex is to difficult to fix the wire if you are not a technician cause that wire is like a strand of hair...

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