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I have no picture on my screen when I'm in standby or record mode. If I push record, it does record the noise, but no picture. I do have the lens cap off. This happened once before, and I did the HDD reset thing, and that worked. THis time that didn't work. I also tried reset and unplugging the battery for more than a minute.

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Hi,

This seems to be a problem with image sensor. Since the viewfinder takes it's image from the sensor , CCD sensor's seems be the possible fault. This is a common problem with Sony's camcorder. You need to send the unit for repair. There were certain recalls for CCD sensor's, so you could always check with Sony whether there is any recall or they could get your camcorder repair at a lower price as a goodwill gesture.

The other possibility is a problem in electronic circuitry.I have seen it rarely but it might happen. Unfortunately, without looking at the camera myself, it would be tough to comment, where it went wrong. If you have experience in electronics, could read schematics, would be able to keep all the precautions, ii could try to find out the service manual for it. Once you purchase that, you could open the camera and try to repair it. I would be there as well, in case any help is required.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

Thanks for using ' Fixya ' and have a nice day!!

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