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Lightning bolt effect pictures

When I look at the back of my camera I have a partial picture showing, almost like a lightning bolt--with the sides in black and the "lightning bolt" having some picture in it. How do I fix this?

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Check the Manual to see if there is a 'Reset' feature Contact Canon Technical Support team There is no self fix- it is either a connector or circuit board failure If less than a year old- perhaps a replacement may be available Canon will know.

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