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My sony handycam has suddenlky stopped shwing the display..is there any setting that need to be done

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The most likely cause for this is a damaged or defective flexible ribbon cable that connects the LCD to the camera body and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to usually be repaired by a qualified service technician.

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Posted on Sep 12, 2010

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SOURCE: sony handycam vision trv118 displaying c:31:23

This is the most common problem in Sony camcorders of various models.  It is most likely a problem with a rubber bushing on the inside.  It is an easy fix but it is very hard to explain with out pictures.  Here is a link to a GREAT tutorial however, it is written in Japanese.  All you need to do is follow the excellent pictures and this should take care of the problem.  The plastic tube on the inside of the rubber bushing is the most likely cause so just follow the pictures.  He uses a drinking straw to fix this.  Good luck.  This has fixed my camera perfectly!!!!!!!!!  http://d.hatena.ne.jp/tomo_snowbug/20090207/1233989258 

Posted on Dec 04, 2010

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