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I have a Sony Handycam DCR-HC42. I try to record and the lcd is black almost like the lens cover doesnt open, but I do open it. The lcd screen is still good, I can play back old videos from the camera, but when I go to record something now it just shows a black screen...but it does pick up audio.

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Ccd doesnt good

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Hi I have a sony handycam DCR-HC21 and sometimes the LCD screen is black so you can not see what you are filming. You can still record with the LCD door shut. Any ideas why it is not working?


It could be a lose ZIF/ ribbon cable. This happens alot with adjustable LCDs. You might be able to fix it by taking the LCD's back panel of and making sure the connections are secure. It also might be a bad switch, Does it transfer off the viewer when it's still open?

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Screen black. Everything else works perfectly.


To my understanding that you do not see live view in camera mode to record and camcorder playback old recorded tapes correctly and you get picture in LCD.
If it is true then please check lens cover that need to be slide down to get live view in camera mode. If problem still exist then 2 possibilities, either aperture in lens mechanism is bad or ccd imager is defective.
In that problem, camcorder needs qualified tech to fix it.
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LCD View screen problem Sony DCR-HC42


well if i'm not mistaking it could be the LCD board connection at the screen . but the replacement + labor will go from 120 to 170,

have you tried to open the screen, really slowly and see if it shows any life !.
you can try to get an stimate at sony, and see how mush it will cost you repair the machine.

there is not easy way to fix it, the screws are small and they can be lost really easy.sorry

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When I turn my camera on and try to record, nothing shows up on the screen.


Make sure lens cover is open, if still camcorder does not show live view then it is bad ccd imager chip problem that will be replaced.
Let me know exact model of your Sony camcorder to provide you part number info of ccd imager chip.
Thanks.

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Records audio but no video


Replace the ccd base assumbly and check.

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LCD Screen not working


the problem of your camera is the flexwire cable of the lcd monitor that why you don't see nothing in the panel,Also the message 'cover is not open' appears,while the cover is already opened the switch on cover have poor contact..it is not covered by sony service...it have to replace or repair that switch and flexwire cable....

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the flex wire of lcd monitor has being cut.....and a message 'cover is not open' there switch inside the cover of the lens that is losing contact....

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