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Black screen i turned my hd1 camcorder on and it's black, i can't see anything how can i fix that problem??

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  • Anonymous Nov 02, 2007

    I have the Xacti DMX-HD1 and when I power on the display is black in the photo mode and in the play mode.

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2007

    Really.. the iris blades? I will have to give that a go. 


    My camera is working great.. except it's blind.. black image in both photo and video modes.
    Will post back to see if it worked.



  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2007

    I also have one of these with the Black screen.. but the LCD and all still works.. I was heartbroken, until I found this out. I have had problems finding someone in Santa Fe to fix, as I don't trust myself to fix it properly.


    Any suggestions for online repair welcome.

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2008

    Black-screen issue. Happened to me a few months back. Sent in with a $100 fee ($75 diagnostics and $25 return shipping). They said the bad part was the controller board on the back of the camera. Part was $55. Total fee with taxes, etc was about $176.



    Has worked fine ever since.

  • felixbidstoo Jul 12, 2008

    Per the suggestion of a forum expert, I took mine apart because I am trying to get to the iris so that I can clean. I am now stuck because I don't know what the iris looks like.

    Do any of you have any pictures if you've done the same? Did cleaning the iris work?

    Thanks



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I had this problem too. It's caused by grease on the iris curing (setting) and jamming it locked. The motor that opens the iris when you turn the camera on isn't powerful enough to overcome it, hence the black screen.

There's a tutorial online somewhere about how to fix it. But if you're like me and not that good at that sort of thing take it to a local camera repair shop and get them to fix it. Tell them what the problem is and that you need them to clean the iris blades. Emphasize you don't want them to grease them afterwards, just leave them dry and clean. The guy i took it to was very unsure when i told him all this but told me I was 100% right when i picked my camera up, and that cleaning the iris blades had fixed it.

It's been 4 months since I had it fixed/cleaned, and it's being working great every since.

PS. There's a strong suggestion Sanyo knew about this when they shipped it but shipped it anyway. It's not been proven one way or the other, but I personally will never buy a Sanyo product again.

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