Question about Canon PowerShot S230 / IXUS 179 Digital Camera
I have an older canon powershot s230 digital elph 3.2 mpix
the problem is that the lcd is all black exept for when i look at the menu.
is this something i can fix myself. i have a small philips but have no experience in camera repair.
but im about to throw it away so i have no problem open it up if its possible for me to fix it.
please help. need the camera to work for an upcoming event.
Don't open it up. Give it to me instead, or check this out, think you'll be happy. This sounds like it might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following two links for more info:
Applicable cameras include:
A40, A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S200, S230, S330, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110, IXUS V2/300/400/430/500, IXY Digital 200a/300a/400/450/500
Posted on Jan 13, 2008
Just wanted to say thanks to all those that posted the "display" button solution. Back in business and no need to spend $ on a new camera...this one still takes great pics!!
Posted on Jun 13, 2009
I had the same problem with my old s230... I called canon Chile and they replaced my loved but non functional powershot s230 for a brand new (not so new ;) ) SD1100 IS.
Greetings from Chile,
Posted on Apr 17, 2009
Wow seriously they sent you an SD600? What an improvement. I've had my SD230 since Dec '03, so I'd love to get this either fixed or replaced. I seem to have the same CCD problem.
I have a question, to the people who held down the "Display" button, how did it prompt for factory reset? When I try that nothing happens. Actually, the screen does start to flicker like it's fixing the problem, but then it goes black again.
Posted on Sep 25, 2008
Glad I ran across this site too. Same as everyone else, has a black screen, no LCD viewfinder but able to view per recorded images and menu.
Posted on Sep 12, 2008
I had the same problem with my s230. I just tried the "hold the display button down for several seconds" and BINGO! It's back in action. That saved me a couple hundred $$
Posted on Aug 02, 2008
I called tech support and a factory reset worked perfectly.
press the Display button for several seconds and a screen comes up asking if you want to do a factory reset, say ok, and the lcd lit up.
Posted on Jul 16, 2008
If you do a little looking around on the internet you will find out that canon will repair or replace your camera. My camera and my sons had the same problem. Canon replaced both with 7.1 and 6.5 mega pixel cameras plus memory card, battery, charger and leather case. You need to get a little demanding with Canon because they try to tell you that it must have been dropped or something. Just let them know you get a black screen on still or movie pictures. The review mode does work. good luck.
Posted on Jun 13, 2008
My S230 just went kaput with this problem. I love this little thing. Hopefully, I get great results from Canon too. Thanks for posting this info.
Posted on Jun 12, 2008
I have the same problem with my S230, contacted Canon and it's off with UPS to be fixed. I can only hope I get a new one too as a 7.1 meg pixel would be a big improvement! As for repair, that would also be nice given it's age. Thanks for the info on this site.
Posted on Mar 18, 2008
Update: Just got a box from Canon. Letter states they didn't have the parts to fix my S230 so they sent me a nwe SD600. I guess I can't complain, for free. The old S230 was 4 years old.
Posted on Feb 13, 2008
Called Canon this morning, shipping tag and instructions are on the way. Glad I ran across this site. I was going to toss it.
Posted on Feb 04, 2008
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