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Re: the screen is black and won't take pictures
Many times when the screen is black, that means no signal is getting to the lcd from the ccd. Some cameras had a ccd problem, and may be fixed by the maker, for free. Nikons, Canons, Sony, and others have had this problem in the last few years. The ccd had internal problems and the same sensor was used in many point and shoot cameras. If you want to search this, search on the net for Service Advisory, or Service Notice. Some companies may have another way title this problem
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A stuck shutter is another common failure mode for digital cameras. The symptoms of a stuck or "sticky" shutter are very similar to CCD image sensor failure. The camera may take black pictures (for shutter stuck closed), or the pictures may be very bright and overexposed, especially when taken outdoors (for shutter stuck open).
To confirm a stuck shutter, put the camera in any mode other than "Auto", and turn the flash OFF (you don't want to blind yourself for the next step). Next look down the lens and take a picture. You should see a tiny flicker in the center of the lens as the shutter opens and closes. If no movement is seen, then you likely have a stuck shutter. If so, please see this link for further info and a simple fix that may help.
I've had the same problem for a while now too. The camera has been useless and Im looking to replace it. Im sure this problem hasnt got a simple fix and im better off buying a new camera! Id like to here if someone managed to get it fixed thou ?
I had a similar problem, but in my case teh screen was not entirely black but the image was very dar, like someone shut of teh lcd backlight, but the photos were coming ok (when checked on the pc). Showed it at repair sho, abd found out that one of the pcb supplying power to the backlight was not working and had to be replace. couldn't do much at home.
Luckyfourme, Check to see that the automatic lens protector is opening and/or off when you experience black screen, as it should open letting light in when you power up the Kodak easyshare camera. Good luck and Congratulations on your Daughters upcoming Wedding!
CCD malfunction, common with Sony manufactured CCD chips. You are in luck, its a free repair regardless of warranty date. http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=223&modelid=8044#
Clean everithing around the battery conections, try another battery too, check the polarity (basiks). Try to use with the computer in webcam mode. But dont try too hard if the common sence not workig, use the warranty!!!