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Can't see out of viewfinder

When I look through the viewfinder, all I see is black. It looks as it would when the lens cap is on, however the power on the camera is on and the lens cap is off. When I look through the viewfinder, the only lights I see are the images that represent the different modes (example, smiley face, flower, mountain). Also, film is properly installed. I have.. -removed the lens, looked through viewfinder (still appears black) and then replace the lens. - made sure that the aperature is set to A, that the lens is in automatic mode. - Also played with putting the lens in Manual mode and setting the aperature at different settings. - Turned camera on and off. - Replaced batteries.

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The mirror motor is probably the problem, you'll usually hear a whirring noise like a motor spinning. It's about a $125 repair, requiring the mirror box to be removed and the mirror driving motor replaced. Pentax originally put a plastic gear on the motor shaft - the replacements have a brass gear.

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Sorry to ask the obvious.
Does the camera power indicator show that it is on?
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You could have a setting for looking through the viewfinder only, which turns off the LCD display.
Of course, make sure your lens cap was not left on. Also there is usually a setting for looking at pictures you took. or looking through the lens. If you have no images saved, there will be nothing to see.
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When in video recording mode LCD screen and viewfinder are black when the lens cap is off.

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2. The LCD monitor's brightness setting is too dark.

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1. Have you tried a different lens?
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