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No picture on screen

The camera turns on and i can use the menu but there is no picture of whats being seen .

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  • mymatenicky Aug 29, 2008

    I have this same problem have tried this solution but cannot get it to open

  • Anonymous May 11, 2009

    vivitar vivicam 5199

  • Anonymous May 11, 2009

    i have the same problem but with a different camera vivitar vivicam 5199



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Aside from the sliding lens cover, there is a tiny lens cover electronically opened when camera is power on. Check to see if it's not opening. If so, give the camera a snap to the surrounding of the lens part and try to turn on again.

Posted on Sep 14, 2007

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the FILE NAME settings to 100-001.

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