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Flex Cable replaced-but now VF is dead, plus...

Hi, I've just finished following your instructions! Thanks very much for the photos, they take the edge off the whole procedure. Knowing what to expect is getting half way there!
I wondered if you may have an idea as to what I've done wrong. Now that the camera is back in one piece, the viewfinder is dead, plus when I flip the monitor around so that it's upside down, the picture is also upside down. When I shoot myself, or when I want to watch something and I just reverse and fold the screen, things show upside down.
Have I neglected something, do you think?
Many thanks once again.

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Hi, I have updated my notes:
http://www.rubbishworld.com/repair_DCRHC_complete.pdf
-airshod.

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Hi, I have just repaired my camera following the excellent series of pictures provided by airshod, and I think the viewfinder problem could arise from replacing the tiny board under the D panel covering the lcd panel hinge. This panel has a tiny switch activated by a little projection on the lcd/hinge moulding and on reassembly it is necessary for the panel to be open and at right angles to the body so that the projection is on the right side of the switch for correct operation. I assume that it is this switch which activates the changeover from lcd to VF. It could be that if the lcd panel were closed while asembling the D panel the switch could have been damaged while opening it later, but the board would be easy to replace - the supplier of the cable should be able to obtain a replacement. I'm not sure about the upside picture problem though, it may be related to this but without a service manuel it's hard to say! Good luck!

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