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The LCD and view finder both stay black when lens cover is open. It will still record sound but no picture

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Had the same problem. It's ainternal flex wire connecting LCD with camcorder. Got from the repair shop did it by miself and it's like knew. It's very common in sony. Good luck
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im sorry but i think its time to go looking for a new camera

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1- record something and make sure there sound
2- playback the what you just recorded
3- if no video but sound is ok, send it back to Sony. They will fix it for free (CCD sensor is no good)
4- go to this link for more infor...
http://esupport.sony.com/perl/news-item.pl?news_id=161&mdl=DCRDVD100

hope this helps

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