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DCR HC-42 LCD screen problem

Till yesterday LCD screen of Sony DCR-HC42 was working fine. But suddenly today LCD screen is not showing anything while I want to shoot anything. Please help me. My screen went black on me today after about 26 months. I thought it was the battery but everything else seems to work. I hope someone can help me as I really need my camera to do some video work. Marijane

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  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2008

    I have the same problem. I can see everything through the viewfinder but when I open up the screen, nothing shows. At first I got little flashes of light and some weird stuff on the screen and now I get nothing, although I can still push the screen buttons (guessing where play, stop, rewind, etc. are) and they still work but they just don't show up. Where is the best place to get it serviced and could this be fixed. Would it be better just to buy a new one? Krissie Mine is a DCR-HC20.

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Http://www.fixya.com/support/t183692-dcr_hc_42_lcd_screen_problem
Just look for the post by 'airshod'. He has even put up a couple of links to pdf files with photos of the whole procedure. I used them and got mine fixed. Exactly the same problem as yours.
Be careful, though: Jackstar's (aka airshod) instructions leave this out, which you will discover after putting the whole camera back together (which is a pain): the ViewFinder (VF) will go dead, plus the picture in the LCD will not reverse when you reverse the LCD panel (which means that when you flip the panel to watch yourself while you video yourself, the picture will be upside-down, although you don't need to worry about it being recorded properly, of course. It's just a pain to aim the correctly when it's not showing the right way up!). Airshod had the same happen to him.
If you need further info on the VF dying after re-assembly, look at this link:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t901516-flex_cable_replaced_but_now_vf_dead

Unfortunately I won't have time to try the suggestion for a while, so I won't be of much help. I guess a camera is more useful with a broken VF and a working LCD panel, than the other way around.
Sony really ought to have addressed this issue by now. It's not reasonable to expect the camera to loose its LCD after only a year or two!

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