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Re: LCD is black
There are usually 3 types of connectors , 1 you just pull the cable out, 2 you have to flip up the top of connector to open the socket to remove the cable, 3rd you push the 2 side tabs toward cable on the connector where the cable enters the connector.
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Hi, It's probably cheapest to buy a broken "donor" camera off ebay etc. LZ7 is a fairly popular camera and you're eventually bound to find one with e.g. broken lens-which you could scavenge for replacement LCD. Swapping LCD on LZ7 is relatively easy-undo the screws holding the back cover (make note which screw goes where as they are not the same), then carefully lift the cover a bit just to see two ribbon cables for the LCD. Disconnect both ribbon cables by carefully prying the "black bits" on the connectors open and sliding the ribbon cables out(Not the best description but it should be obvious once you see them). Once you separate the back cover, remove the screen itself by undoing the catches which hold it onto the case. Hope this helps- Good luck, Raf
You can open the camera and check to see if the LCD ribbon cable is still connected to the main board. If it was dropped they can become dislodged. There are two cables the smaller one is the most sensitive to coming loose. When disconnecting and reconnecting the ribbon cables, make sure you are careful while lifting the tabs that hold the ribbon cables in place they are hinged and will lift up and the ribbon cable will slide out. Note the large ribbon cable feeds through the camera to the front main board. Hope this helps
The lens needs to be removed. The camera case can be taken apart by using a small philips screw driver and a small flat head.
Take the batteries out. Have a nice flat space to lay the screws out. Pry out the little chrome piece with the UL sticker on it. (Carefully use the flat head). Start somewhere you will remember and begin to remove the screws going clockwise around the camera. There is a screw under the rubber flap of the "3X" chrome cover. The top of that must be pryed out and lifted up to remove.
Take the back cover off.
Lift out the top of the LCD screen and remove the 4 screws that hold it in. Start a new row of removed screws.
The LCD ribbon can be removed by popping the white plastic clasp up.
Next remove the menu pad ribbon from the board by lightly tugging on it.
You should be able to remove the front cover by lifting it up to unhook it from the top power button strip.
There are 2 screws that hold the top power strip in place. There is also a plastic hook on the front side.
There are 6 screws holdong the board to the frame. A different size screw is located underneath the power strip ribbon.
Loosen the 2 screws holding the flash. THe white ribbon will be the flash ribbon and the gold one next to it will be the lens ribbon.
NOTICE the lens ribbon must pass under the flash. The side with the lens will have a small board that pushes into the main board. To seperate it, gently pry it apart with a small flathead. There is a hidden screw for the board at the top where the end of the battery compartment. It needs to be removed before the board will come out. Once the board is out, there are three screws holding the lens in the case (they are black screws, not the chrome ones) Once they are removed, the lense will fall out.
There are 3 black screws holding the largest motor on the lens. They are above the text "Sony Lens" remove those and the gears of the lense will be able to move freely. Twist the base to get the lense unstuck.
Hi, Does the camera take pictures? If you take the camera near a lamp, can you just about see menu items on the LCD? If so, it's possible that the backlight ribbon cable slipped out of the socket. To check open up the back of the case and carefully lift it up a bit just to see the ribbon cables. The narrow one is used for backlight. Try to disconnect it (open the tiny black flap in the connector) and connect it again (close the black flap). Have a quick look at the connectors on the ribbon cable and make sure they are clean. If it still doesn't work I'm afraid most probably you have a faulty backlight and will need to replace either the whole LCD (easy) or just the backlight (fairly fiddly job). In any case, you'll probably need a donor camera (ebay ;) to scavenge for replacement LCD. Good luck, Raf
The lens is bad, needs to be replaced. Maybe purchase camera on ebay with broken LCD but good lens. Replacement can be time extensive. Will need #00 or #000 phillips screwdriver and solder iron. Remove 6 exterior screws+2 inside battery door. Take off front panel, remove top screw holding back panel; remove back panel. Remove 2 screws(left side top & bottom)from LCD, unplug LCD by flipping hinge up on plastic connector, pull ribbon. Remove 6 screws along outer edge of electronic board + 2 screws behind lens. Unsolder 2 battery connectors near top right side(do not melt or burn ribbon in between them). Disconnect ribbons at top right and on left edge of board. Flip board over to the left side carefully as it's still connected by 4 thin wires. Remove 3 outer screws holding lens, remove lens. Replace with good lens. Assemble camera in reverse order.
Good luck and be CAREFUL!
If the LCD swings out, it is an easy ribbon cable disconnect and reconnect. .IF the LCD is fixed mounted into the body, its still a ribbon but may ba a little tight in there. Its a serviceable component, finding one is another story, check Ebay.
There are several different types of flex cable clamp arrangement. In some the clamp goes over the cable and others underneath, it is easy to forget which way the cable went! So check how the cable is seated and look carefully at the connector. Often if the cable goes over the clamp it will be grooved. Also when you removed the cable did you slide the clamp out or just pull the cable? It may be that the clamp is actually preventing the cable from being replaced. I use a pair of fine nosed tweezers to push on both ends of the clamp to release it. CAUTION! the clamps are very fragile and once broke virtually impossible to repair.
Online auctions are the best place for getting another camera to swap parts with.