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Image sensors yazz226, how difficult is it to replace this sensor? Should it be done by a professional? Thanks

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  • Bowguy Jun 14, 2008

    Thanks. I'll do that.



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It is better if u contact the customer care because any image sensor problem are treated "free" of charge...if you still have the warranty it would be helpful too...

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    Yaz S Jun 14, 2008

    thanks for the vote Bowguy



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