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Sony DCR-HC42E LCD not working

Can anyone tell me how hard is it to replace the ribbon cable and if there are any repair diagrams available. Screen does work at 45degree angle but goes into black/grey at 90dregrees. Onl used the camcorder a couple of times since purchase. Sounds to me like a manufacturer defect acording this US site but not sure if UK is able to provide asistance. Will try and speak to them.

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Re: Sony DCR-HC42E LCD not working

(this is a copy of my post from another page, but is relevant to this problem) I have opened my camera and found that the flexible circuit/ribbon cable that connects the LCD to the inside of the camera is broken. This is due to poor design, in which the flexible circuit cannot withstand the constant movement of the LCD.
I have managed to buy a new cable from a Sony repair dealer, and will attempt to fit it later on this week.

The part number for the new flexible cable is:
Ref no. 171

if you are interested in how I get on with it, you can mail me at
I won't bother trying to complain to Sony directly, because it is quite apparent that they really couldn't give a toss.
I have now successfully repaired my camera with a new flexible circuit/ribbon cable, and have made some quick notes that can be found here:
and here

Good luck.

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Re: Sony DCR-HC42E LCD not working

Sony UK have come back denying that there is an inherent problem with this camera (depsite me providing links to the threads on this site). Only solution provided is for me to pay for repairs at their service centre (at a cost of £175). Have challenged without luck. Urge people to make Sony aware if you have this probelm (if you want I can send on the email chains I sent for you to forward on to them as evidence that someone has encountered - my email address is

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Re: Sony DCR-HC42E LCD not working

Many camera manufacturers are running into CCD issues that can effect LCD as well as recording performance. You are correct that the these defective CCDs are being replaced at no cost.

Your best bet is to contact Sony directly and request an RMA on a defective camcorder and explain you suspect it's a faulty CCD.

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