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Hp 945 pink lines

Fixit published a solution to this problem involving re-soldering of a connector's dry joints. It referred to photographs which unfortunately did not appear in the article. A number of E-Mails to Fixit from various people asked where to get hold of these photographs. I have the same request.
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Go to HP 945 and get pdf file on repair manual for this camera it should have what you need.

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Screen and pictures pink or green or strips of many colors, sometimes right sometimes just smeared

Solution to pink or rainbow image; icon_exclaim.gif Warning: By opening your camera there is a risk from electrical shock - be sure that your camera has had the batteries removed for at least 24 hours for the capacitor that charges the flash to discharge. While generally not capable of injury or death, it will definitely get your attention if you touch the wrong part of the camera if it has been recently operated. I'm not responsible if you electrocute yourself. YOU DO THIS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

icon_arrow.gif Caution: The procedure that is mentioned here WILL violate your warrantee. The HP850 & HP945 cameras are not designed for the average user to disassemble and repair. These cameras are quite fragile on the inside. If you elect to do this procedure, you do this completely AT YOUR OWN RISK. If you take proper precautions and have good eyes and a steady hand, you can reasonably expect to complete this repair with success - however, NO guarantees are made and/or implied.

Note: This procedure was not developed by me. I am not an electronics guru by any stretch of the imagination even though I am quite capable of doing this procedure having assembled several electronic kits (if anyone remembers those Heath Kit short-wave radios among other projects). A friend, who shall remain anonymous, and is very good with electronics, owns a 945 and compared it to the 850 which is very similar on the inside and was successful in fixing it.

This "rainbow" condition can affect both the 850 & 945 cameras. I personally suspect it will occur more frequently as these series of cameras get older in age and the cameras fatigue with age. The cause of the "rainbow" coloring is actually caused by a micro-fracture in a solder connection on a connector strip inside the camera.


Tools required:
1 set of micro-screwdrivers (Philips and Flat-Blade)
1 soldering pencil, with the finest point you can find with stand and cleaning sponge (unless you happen to have a microscopic soldering station then use it instead)
1 tube/can solder flux
1 small tube/jar of rubber cement
1 set of watch-maker's magnifying glasses or a stand mounted magnifying lens
2 small trays for small parts, especially the small screws

Step 1

Remove all removable items
1. Batteries - do this 24 hrs in advance to prevent electric shock
2. Memory Card
3. Rubber Eye Piece - this falls off many cameras, it is held on by rubber cement, just peel it off.
4. Open battery door and data/power door (leave open).
5. Unscrew all Philips screws around the back of the case.

Step 2

Gently pry off the back cover using flat blade screw drivers - kind of like opening a can.

Step 3

Once the back cover is off, remove the board assembly that holds the LCD (it has several screws holding it to the main board). The problem connector is directly under the LCD board. There are two types connectors used. The connectors are relatively robust but do use care when opening and closing-lifting the little bar (brown) in the photo [one type] and sliding the brown bar up along the cable [on the other type]. Release the connector on the LCD board cable. Release the connector on the lens cable, push the cable aside and you are ready for the re-soldering.


Step 4

Once you have located the connector assembly (indicated in yellow), The easiest method to resolder and probably the only way to fix this is to flux all the connections on a side then reflow each joint by heating each lead in turn across the connector while gently pressing on each of the contacts to close any microfracture (the cause of the problem). Let it cool completely, repeat on the other side. Take your time, as you will be applying a lot of heat to this small area of the board -- allow plenty of time to cool between each lead.

Step 5

Once the board has cooled to the touch reassemble by reversing (Steps 3 through Step 1) the process of disassembly, carefully making sure that the two connectors are seated correctly, and all screws are correctly placed. One of the final steps is to glue the rubber eyepiece back on with a very small amount of cement - take care not to add too much or get any on the eye piece lens. Insert batteries and card, and hopefully you will have a working camera.

Jan 04, 2011 | HP Photosmart 945 Digital Camera

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Pictures are pink with lines

The camera is a wonderful Kodak product and takes beautiful 8.5 Megapixel photographs. When you save the pictures to an SD card, you must at some point remove them digitally from the card.
Either by linking it to the USB cable and going from there to your PC, OR by removing the SD card from the camera and inserting it into an SD card slot in your computer, printer, or card reader. Occasionally the card readers such as the ones in your PC, printer, or card reader devices do not connect properly and will only transfer part of the data, resulting in pink ugly lined photographs. This problem can be fixed by using the USB cable instead of the built in card readers in your other devices.

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Pictures on camera screen and on computer are pink now

sounds like the gamma settings need to be adjusted somehow you hit the wrong button and adjusted the gamma settings if you know the reset on your camera try reseting it

Dec 06, 2008 | HP Photosmart 945 Digital Camera

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Pink photos and screen

poss the metering system down

Sep 24, 2008 | HP Photosmart 945 Digital Camera

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Rainbow colors in screen/pictures

bad connection with the lcd ribbon remove the back locate the ribbon from the lcd there should be two of them and push the ribbons fimly into the connectors

Aug 09, 2008 | HP Photosmart 945 Digital Camera

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Pink screen

An online chat with an HP agent resolved my problem, at least. All I had to do was reset the camera, which is done via the following steps:
  1. Remove the memory card.
  2. Turn off the camera.
  3. Open the battery compartment and remove the batteries.
  4. Wait at least ten seconds.
  5. Reinsert the batteries and close the battery compartment door.
  6. Turn on the camera. When the camera is turned on, you will be prompted to input or verify the date and time
Don't forget to reinsert the memory card.

Jul 03, 2008 | HP Photosmart 945 Digital Camera

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Pink pictures

Hi all -- This is a physical problem with the way the lens is seated. I didn't figure this out myself; I was told it by a camera repair shop guy who also owned a 945 and had the same problem. Basicly, you adjust the lens, relative to the body, by doing _slight_ rocking and twisting; gripping the lens in one hand and the body in the other. I know the description sounds, and the actions looks, like you are trying to break off the lens, but you do it only as much as it takes to change the image back to normal. Restart and see if it works, if not shut down and 'adjust' it again. Kinda like a chiropractor for your camera -- all it needs is a little manipulation....

Dec 16, 2007 | HP Photosmart 945 Digital Camera

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Coloured lines on picture screen

I have the same issue, Although My camera is a samsung N46, It was working perfectly the night before, then my friend switched it on and it came up with a black backround and pink + purple vertical lines going through it.

Nov 12, 2007 | Olympus FE-120 Digital Camera

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Resolution refers to the number of pixels or dots per inch (dpi) in an image. Basically, the more dpi that a photo has, the sharper an image is. High resolution is important if you are going to be printing photos (look for a photo-capable printer that has a high resolution, say 4800 x 1200 dpi). If you’ll be e-mailing your images, you may want to save your photos at a lower resolution for faster file downloads. Digital camera resolution is measured in megapixels (1MP equals one million pixels), so the higher the MP capacity a camera has, the higher quality of images it will produce. Generally you can take good photographs with a 3MP camera.

Sep 08, 2005 | HP Photosmart 945 Digital Camera

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