First the display faded out, then it just died.
Anyone know if I can fix this myself? (not likely)..
Or where I can get it repaired without getting screwed.
Probably needs a new motor or whatever makes it go.
I took all the screws out thinking I would be able to get inside to replace whatever looked like the bad part but it wouldn't open up... hmmm... HELP
The opening of the plastic case is a world to itself. The latches inside most likely will be broken when open. It cant slide in or out. But the screws will retain the case. If no power, check the fuse, if the fuse is gone you might have some problems with capacitors. Look for any visual damage. If you have power, then most likely is mechanical in nature and check the loading section. Is not easy but is not difficult either. Just have patience... I am fixing one that wont take the DVD. This is a second Hello Kitty that came to me for repair. Hope this will help you, Good luck!
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some computers will fade the screen automatically when on battery power. on windows systems, you can change those settings (normally) by going to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options -> Edit Plan Settings (beside the option in use) -> change advanced power settings -> Display (see screen shot)
I had the same problem, mine faded out over time until I couldn't read it anymore. I had to have the circuit board replaced. The technician said that over time voltage surges can burn them out. It used to be frequent that I'd come home and all the clocks needed to be reset, so I know my area does have power problems.
The board comes out rather simply, I'd do it myself if if ever happened again.
I suddenly had similar problems with my SR300. I replaced the flat ribbon cable (looks orange) between the body and the LCD display and camera works like new. The ribbon cable is subject to cracking the internal wires where it flexes when you open and close the LCD display. There was also a new part number for the cable so I suspect it is a known problem.
it is a flex cable that is bad you can oder the part or get fixed I think it is important to contact Sony at 1-866-703-7669
sometimes they reduce the cost if you know that they have problems with the CCD (which they do) so does jvc and others.
you are experiencing one or more of three things
1.the crt itself is damaged
2. the vertical ic on blue crt board is bad
3. the focus block is bad
if you hire a sony authorized technician they should be well aware of this problem.
My razr V3 dropped from an astonishing 40cm to the floor, after that both screens stopped working. I opened the screen by removing the four tiny screws in each corner (t5 screwdriver which I didn't have but the smallest of my miniature screwdriver set just fitted), and popping it up carefully.
There a two flatcables, one with a silvery color and a connector with a black piece of foam on it. I think it's the screen signal carrying cable. I removed it and put it back in place, pushing it firmly. After that the screens worked again.
10 minutes of work and a great deal of satisfaction.
Further, the phone stinks.
regards, El Rudo