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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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Se callo y el monitor se rompio

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Re: problems with the LCD monitor

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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