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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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Re: LCD screen goes black when opened

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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GZ-MS 130AU Camera. There seems to be a loose wire in the door. When I open it, the camera turns on, but the screen goes black, if it is open just an inch, I can film, any more than that, and the screen...

The most likely cause for this is a damaged or defective flexible ribbon cable that connects the LCD to the camera body and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.

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Black screen problem

A lot of people that bought the first generation HD1 have had a problem whereby the LCD screen goes black, but the date, image size, old pictures etc. still shows up on the screen, so it's not the screen itself malfunctioning.

This especially a problem if Sanyo refuses to honor your warranty because, like me, you bough the HD1 early on eBay and thus they claim you're not the first owner, and therefore they don't have to honor the warranty.

I had this problem too. It's caused by grease on the iris curing (setting) and jamming it locked. The motor that opens the iris when you turn the camera on isn't powerful enough to overcome it, hence the black screen.

There's a tutorial online somewhere about how to fix it yourself. But if you're like me and not that good at that sort of thing take it to a local camera repair shop and get them to fix it. Tell them what the problem is and that you need them to clean the iris blades. Emphasize you don't want them to grease them afterwards, just leave them dry and clean. The guy i took it to was very unsure when i told him all this but told me I was 100% right when i picked my camera up, and that cleaning the iris blades had fixed it.

It's been 4 months since I had it fixed/cleaned, and it's being working great every since.

PS. There's a strong suggestion Sanyo knew about this when they shipped it but shipped it anyway. It's not been proven one way or the other, but I personally will never buy a Sanyo product again.

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LCD screen goes blank on my Panasonic NV-GS17 camcorder

you need to replace your camara's flex cable (LCD HINGES-technical name).

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I work on this model of samsung the lcd problem is a common thing with this camera
The ribbon cable to the lcd from the camera cracks and causes what you are talking about .
Normally the camera will still work buy using the eye viewfinder for recording and playback but you will not hear the sound unless the lcd door is open but then the picture in the viewfinder goes away when this door is open and comes back when it is closed
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Screen Is Black

there are two possible problem of your camera..1 may be the iris is not opening..try to look at inside of the lens you should see the iris will open when you turn off and on the the camera at the camera mode..if the iris in opening the 2nd problem maybe is the image sensor is this case you have bring it to the service center....

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DCR HC-42 LCD screen problem

Hi i had the same problem and i got it for the second time. can i please know how to remove the camera so i can replace the strip my self. And do u have a service manual. if so can i know where to get one for my self. thanks

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Just look for the post by 'airshod'. He has even put up a couple of links to pdf files with photos of the whole procedure. I used them and got mine fixed. Exactly the same problem as yours.
Be careful, though: Jackstar's (aka airshod) instructions leave this out, which you will discover after putting the whole camera back together (which is a pain): the ViewFinder (VF) will go dead, plus the picture in the LCD will not reverse when you reverse the LCD panel (which means that when you flip the panel to watch yourself while you video yourself, the picture will be upside-down, although you don't need to worry about it being recorded properly, of course. It's just a pain to aim the correctly when it's not showing the right way up!). Airshod had the same happen to him.
If you need further info on the VF dying after re-assembly, look at this link:

Unfortunately I won't have time to try the suggestion for a while, so I won't be of much help. I guess a camera is more useful with a broken VF and a working LCD panel, than the other way around.
Sony really ought to have addressed this issue by now. It's not reasonable to expect the camera to loose its LCD after only a year or two!

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the problem of your camera is the flexwire cable of the lcd monitor that why you don't see nothing in the panel,Also the message 'cover is not open' appears,while the cover is already opened the switch on cover have poor is not covered by sony have to replace or repair that switch and flexwire cable....

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Sony TRV-19 Camcorder - Black screen in camera mode

Fixed it, at least temporarily I had the side off my trv250 examining it, especially the CCD connection. I had read the post about soldering a capacitor to pins 1 and 3 (from the left) on the bottom row. I didn't have the specific capacitor on hand, but I started touching some of the small ones I did have to those pins. I found that after I touched a 100uF, 10V cap to pins 1 and 3 the picture suddenly came back to life and stayed that way after removing the cap. I have no idea how long this will last, and I've set up the cam on a tripod in the livingroom with the LCD display facing me so I can monitor it. If you, like me, figure you have nothing else to lose, you might want to give this a try. Note: my camera was suffering from the green smeary horizontal lines problem, and wasn't completely black. I'm not sure if this makes a difference or not.

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