Problem with dark lcd but plays back does not record
I have only used my camera a few times and one day it worked fine and the next all i got was a dark screen.i noticed a small indentation on the outside of the camera on the lcd side i am hoping no one damaged it. it does not take images just a black screen. i tried to reset the camera but it still does not work. i have taken out the battery still no luck. i am going on vacation in two weeks and would love to take my camera along. can anyone help me...
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Re: problem with dark lcd but plays back does not record
Hi a bit late I know but it may help someone. If you can see the menu clearly on the screen but all the camera will shoot is a black image, the problem is a stuck Iris... see my article http://zyvid.com/smf/index.php?topic=449.0
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That sounds like the bulb in the screen is blown. I have changed them at times but it is very tricky and I'm pretty sure you won't find a reputable place to do it for you. Effectively in answer to your question the only rational solution is to change the LCD panel, it's not very difficult to do on the aspires, just a few screws and peel off the tape holding the screen connector in place, disconnect the inverter cables, (pink and white) and swop for the new panel. check ebay etc for a new LCD panel they're not that expensive. Try to get a new one instead of a second hand one. to find out what panel you need, you'll have to open the screen and look at the back, it'll have a paper sticker showing the model number.
Please clarify a few things so someone can help you.
1. Are you saying it's too dark when playing back previously taken photos, when recording new photo's, or just all the time.
2. Can you see the camera menu's ok but not the live view of the subject.. or is everything just too dark?
3. Does the Status Indicator LED on the back light up showing that the camera has adequate battery power?
Here are some suggestions (You can quit when you find one that works).
1. Check that the monitor brightness setting is set to medium at least
in the menu's. Go to SETUP MENU and then MONITOR to check this. It
has 7 brightness levels.
2. Press the display button on the back a few times while the camera is on. This toggles the display setting between various settings such as Off/ On / Info. The display may simply be turned off since that is an option.
3.. Try a 2nd set of new batteries.
4.. If you can read the menu's then select the option to reset the camera to factory defaults. Do NOT select to format or erase your memory card, that is not required and it's not the same thing as a reset. This just sets the main functions back to their original settings.
5. If it works fine for playback but not for recording then check that the main record settings are correct for the type of scene. For example don't use Beach, Snow or Candle mode for regular daylight shots.
6. If the built-in screen has an issue the video output jack should still work since that is a different circuit, So connect the camera to a TV and see if it works then. That also lets you see the menu's to check the settings if the built-in screen has an issue.
7. Check that "AUTO LCD OFF" is not set.
8. If none of these suggestions resolve it then ask a local photographer to take a look at it since there may be more solutions that become evident when you see it in person.
Lastly ... It could have a bad CCD sensor or corrupt firmware but I can't say for sure since there was so little information provided.
The factory can fix any problem or replace the camera and internal programming issues can often be fixed with a firmware upgrade. But don't do that unless you are familiar with it.
I had the problem of the horizontal grey lines with some pixels of pink. I ran the dry head cleaner a few times and the lines became solid grey with the sound now skipping worse than before. I cried, cleaned again, then played the tape. I did this about 4 times and still had no luck.
I then decided to try to record with a new tape around the room to see what would happen. After recording I played the tape back and it worked perfectly. I then went back the old tape that would not play properly and it worked fine! Seems like when I used the record button after cleaning it a few times everything worked fine, wierd.