Display won't display anything, it merely turns on backlight.
My digital camera is 2.5 years old, and after one month of sitting i came back to it, turned it on, and can't see anything on the lcd display. the camera will still shoot pictures, it makes the same machine noises as it previously did when switched into different shooting modes, so the only real problem is the fact that the camera will not show anything on the display. i can turn the display on and off but the only difference is the dim backlight. any help would be appreciated.
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The backlight is a different device located below the display. It is supplied with a high voltage (about 100V) over a separate cable. In case of the W55 both flat cables are soldered together and have one multi contact connector on the main board. Check this connection first - the flat cable should be clean and completely inserted. If this dosn't help: is the backlight of the broken display still working? It's a bit tricky but possible to disassemble the display, remove the backlight desolder and exchange it.
When it flickers, can you still see the text when the screen goes dark? May have to use a bright flashlight set right on the display to see the text on the screen beside where the light sits. That will tell you if it's the backlight.
You can also look at a grazing angle into one of the edges to see if the backlight is flickering when the display does. When it's cold, does it start with a slight pinkish color? That can be a sign of backlight going bad. Anything interesting happen when you flex the cable by moving the screen?
I'm not saying it's impossible, but I've never seen software cause consistent screen flicker. And if the vga port doesn't flicker, sw is even less likely the problem.
If you bet the odds, you'd bet on a bad display cable. Won't hurt to try replugging it.
If that doesn't help, then your monitor may be dying....
Your have a "Display" button that toggles thru different display modes .. one of the modes turns off the LCD backlight .. that useful if you are in bright light and dont need the backlight .. you have a very nice "transflective" display that works great in bright light without the backlight ... you can get more shots with the backlight turned off on each battery charge .(about 25% more) .
so each time you operate the display mode button you will get a different display .. one shows a hystogram .. one turns off the backlight and one puts the camera in a normal mode ..
if everything is working right then even with the backlight turned off you should be able to go outside or any brightly lighted area and see the picture on the screen ..
If it 1) Does not work well after a FULL charge. and 2) the camera is OLD. All I can say here is your battery is OLD (bad). If the Charge time is Quick this also also an indication of and OLD tired worn out battery. They are useless after 7 years...... and they are very weak after 5. Some go bad after as little as 3.
The IR-500 allows you to display pictures in a calendar. When still pictures and movies are shot, the camera automatically sets the pictures to the calendar according to the shooting date. The calendar can be displayed in three ways: as a one-month display, 12-month display, or multi-year display. Select the desired date, month, or year from each calendar display.