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Screen is white

My camera was working fine. I downloaded some pics I took at a party. A few minutes later I turned it on and the screen was white. I flip to the viewer and that was also white. I took out the batteries and memory card, no help. Ever heard of this before?
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Hi

What you are seeing is the backlight shining through an LCD screen that is not getting a signal, so it is just blank. I'm guessing that pictures still can be taken and look alright, though you didn't say if they could or not. If you can't see menus or anything, you should still be able to take pictures just fine.

Most likely the cable for the LCD screen is disconnected from the camera being dropped, or has corrosion due to exposure to liquid or high humidity. Even if you didn't do it, it's possible somebody else did or the problem developed slowly over time.

If you or somebody you know is handy, you can open it up and look for obvious damage or corrosion. You can also disconnect and then reconnect the flat ribbon cable for the LCD screen, that could be all the camera needs to work properly again.

Don't bother going to a store to try and get them to fix it. They will either know nothing about camera repair (like Geek Squad) or will send the camera to Canon who will want to charge you $150+ to repair it even if it doesn't need any parts.

There are affordable digital camera repair businesses online, I know, because I own one. If we can help please let us know.

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Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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