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Problems with the LCD monitor

I have an OPTIO S, the LCD monitor failed... Playing back the pictures works fine, it displays the menus as usual, but I can't take new pictures anymore, the LCD appears BLACK (like if it were off) and when I shot, the picture also looks black. I resetted the settings, but didn't work. Any help with this??? Thanks a lot.

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  • mulbs Dec 12, 2007

    I have an Optio 555 with an identical problem, I can display exisiting pictures, and the LCD screen shows the "welcome" screen and menus perfectly, but if I do not get any image when lining up a shot (just the positioning arrows on a black screen). The camera thinks it takes a photo - it displays a black image in a slideshow for example but I'd like to take pictures a little more interesting than just black rectangles!

  • cinnamon1 Apr 23, 2008

    I have an Kodak CX7330, with exactly the same probelem as your Optio. the LCD monitor failed... Playing back the pictures works fine, it displays the menus as usual, but I can't take new pictures anymore, the LCD appears BLACK (like if it were off) and when I shot, the picture also looks black.

    I resetted the settings, but didn't work.



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You've probably got something as simple as a ribbon cable loose in the camera. Beware though, dismantling is a serious task unless you have experience. Amazingly the CCD is often connected in such a simple, analog-esqe, way that disconnecting it doesn't cause an error, just a black screen.

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