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Camera has a black looking on screen when i turn it on. will not do anything

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Try to get any menus with out the camera plugged into the PC or any card inserted.
Will it get a menu?
If you still have NO MENU and Nothing on the screen, the problems deepen.
Possibly a defective or broken LCD.
If any of the lites turn on when you turn on the camera and no LCD shows, you may have a bad LCD.

Appears to need some kind of repair.
Here is a link for further info.
Go to:
http://vivitar.com/en-us/Support.aspx
Ask for your model.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

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