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Black screen Well being dumb I left my camera (Canon A530 digi cam) in my preschool class for a little bit while i was out with other kids. (The camera actually lasted a little over a year around preschoolers who now know how to use my camera better than most adults!) I came back and my co-worker told me she found my camera on top of the sand table (it was closed) so she put it away on a shelf. She said it wasn't dropped or anything. (I've actually had other versions of this camera. Once I have gotten the E18 error from kids getting sand in it but not this time.) I know on the earlier versions there was a way of turning their screens (when on picture-taking mode) black by pushing certain buttons. Of course the screen & accessibility is somewhat different on this camera. So I am trying to figure out how to get the screen back to taking pictures. It still flashes and records sound. But the screen/pictures are all black. Unless it was dropped or something and my problem now is that it won't take pictures because I still have access to all the pics I have taken.

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Re: black screen

Isn't there a display on/off button on the back? It's purpose is to turn off the LCD display to save batteries, thus aiming your pictures using the optical viewfinder instead. Look for a button labeled "Disp.", it's in the lower left corner. Turn the camera on and press this button once.

If this doesn't work, am concerned that you also mention the pictures are also black. This can indicate a potential failure of the CCD image sensor, or its connectors from impact shock. To fix would require actually opening the camera, and can be more expensive to fix than the worth of the camera. If Canon quotes a fixing price that's shocking, consider gently tapping the camera against a hard surface on its padded USB cover. This may help reestablish a connection of the sensor's ribbon cable to its connector.

Posted on Jan 12, 2008

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