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Display screen upside down

I have a problem with the sensor that changes the direction of the picture in the flip out screen. It is the right way around if the screen is flipped out and around (ie lying flat but screen facing me), but if I just pull the screen out to the side, the image does not automatically rotate.

Is there a quick fix to this or is it a repair job?
Cheers.

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It's broken wires to a switch inside the rotating mechanism. If you take the screws off of the screen and the rotating mechanism and remove the grey plastic covers you'll see a black switch inside a white plastic mounting that is anchored around the bundle of black wires going to the screen.

You'll be able to see the metal tab that rotates down to activate the switch when you swivel the screen (do this carefully with the covers off so you don't wreck the screen by asserting too much stress on it).

If you know someone that can solder tiny stuff, take it to them. It doesn't matter which wire goes to which terminal on the switch. You should see two broken wires in the black bundle - those are the ones that need to get reconnected to the switch. I used transformer wire to fix mine, as the insulation on transformer wire is painted on (and will need to be removed from the ends with a small file) instead of having plastic/rubber insulation that can melt when soldering.

Once the wires are reconnected, insulate them using liquid electrical tape, then put the wires gently back into the bundle, and make sure that the stress points don't land right on your solder connections. After that you should be good to go.

It's not a job for someone who hasn't soldered before... better left to someone with steady hands and the necessary equipment.

Hope that helps!

Posted on May 27, 2008

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