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Buttons Messed Up and Screw Driver Size

My F30's backside control buttons are messed up. I mean, when I hit zoom in/out, nothing happened, but when hit disp/timing/flash/flower buttons, they did a job of another. The power button, wheel and the picture buttons on the top works find, and the camera can take pictures. I thought it's a connection problem, but I can not find a right screw driver to open the case. So, here comes my second question, where could I find such a driver, and what is the proper size, #1, #0 or #00?

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I had exactly this problem and was able to fix it.

Two of the screws on the case are 'special', with a Y-shaped slot. The appropriate screwdriver seems to be known as a "tri-wing" screwdriver and is sold on ebay (and elsewhere) to open the Nintendo Wii and DS amongst other things. I bought one on ebay, and it worked fine although I think one size smaller would have been better. The screwdriver is labelled 360/Y x 50.

Opening the case was easy. If in doubt there are videos on youtube showing how to replace the LCD display that show how to do it. The only place it was tight was on the side just below the shutter button.

In my case the problem appeared to be that the ribbon cable connecting the button-membrane to the main circuit board had been creased (folded too tightly on itself) although I have heard that the same problem can occur if it isn't properly seated in its socket on the main board. The buttons worked perfectly with the case open, but failed whenever the ribbon cable was squished flat by closing up the case.

I folded the edge of a small piece of paper to make a small roll, and taped it in position just behind the crease in the ribbon cable so that it prevented the crease from flattening completely even under the pressure of screwing the camera together again.

Amazed and delighted to have my camera fully functional again for the price of a cheap screwdriver and 30 minutes fiddling.

Posted on Aug 15, 2009

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You can get these at the local electronics store... they'll have them in sets with phillips and straight blades... great to have a set for stuff like this...

Posted on Jun 03, 2009

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