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You need a set of philips screw drivers size #0,#00 and #000. Buy parts camera with stuck out lens but good lcd from ebay. Then replace the lcd screen and the led back light assembly connected by flexible circuit and flip up connector.
You are correct. The LCD screen is broken. This is super common with the C743. It is unprotected and unlike most LCD's, there is no hard plastic or glass screen over the LCD. My wife broke my son's 1st 743 when she left it in her bag. My son broke the second one by packing it in his duffle bag for a summer camp trip.
You can spend about $40 for a replacement that will probably break again, move on to another camera or use this as a "green mode only" point and shoot camera just like the old days where you don't know what you got until you get home. You can still hook it up to your TV set to change the settings and review your pics, but that's all you are left with.
I just had this issue with my camera (my 15 year old son solved it for me ;-) ).
The viewfinder was active in "record" mode and the LCD was "active" because you could see a little back light but no image. The "playback" mode would let me review pictures in the LCD though so I know it is capable of showing information.
If you push the display key/button a couple of times you can see the picture move from the viewfinder to the LCD and have just a picture and or a picture and information.
So try setting the camera to "record" mode (lens comes out) and then push the "display button" which is on the back of the camera just to the right of the LCD on the lower right side several times and see if the LCD starts to work.
It could be that somehow the display button was pushed by mistake.
I have a DSC-P93 (same camera with 5mp) I had crack the LCD carrying the camera in my front hip pocket. I searched for a replacement LCD and I had no luck. I ended up Buying a “parts” camera from ebay for $9.90 + 4.00 for shipping. You could get either DSC-P73 or DSC-P93 (the LCD is the same) just be sure they say that the screen shows something. Menus is fine errors are no problem as long as it’s not black.
That is definately a cracked lcd your describing! I doubt there is an easy solution but maybe...
If you are able to get into the menu and disable the LCD that might help.
However! The fact that the LCD is broken shouldn't keep the camera from running (though its remotely possible)
If you can't shut it off or work without it the odds are you've got an expensive paperweight.
At least thats what I gather based on your description.
You will need to describe what you see on the LCD in more detail in order for me to tell you what the problem is. There are two different issues that can cause things like what you are seeing.
1: Cracked LCD. You will see lines which resemble cracked glass. You will see bright vivid colors with specks of black or stark white all over. The image problems may be only in one portion of the screen. The LCD is made of glass, so if you look closely and see patterns that look like broken glass - this is your issue. Replace the LCD.
2: Bad LCD connection. You will see distorted colors, the screen may blank out and flicker when you shake the camera or press on the housing near the screen.
If neither of these describe what you are seeing, post back and give more details and I will respond further.
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