Oh no! You've dropped your digital camera. And it's out of warranty. And repair costs more than the camera is worth. What to do short of tossing the camera (or selling on ebay)? Well, believe it or not the average person has a good chance of diy fixing that camera themselves. All they'll need for most cases is some patience, and a little background knowledge. The intent of the posts on this blog are to help provide that knowledge.

But now for the WARNINGS! Many of the repairs posted here should only be considered as a last resort for a broken camera that would otherwise be considered for disposal. Also please consider those repairs that require removing the camera case to also require some electrical background and knowledge, and should not be attempted by anyone unfamiliar with basic electrical components and safety precautions.

Make sure you read this post and are aware of the potential DANGER OF SEVERE ELECTRICAL SHOCK should you decide to proceed with a "do it yourself" repair that involves removing the camera case.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

How To Replace a Broken LCD Canon Powershot SD500

If you have a damaged LCD follow the steps below to repair this problem.

Step 1: Make sure that the LCD is what is the problem and that by fixing this the camera will be like new again. The best way to do this is to take the A/V cable that came with the camera and plug it into the camera and TV (A/V slot on camera found by the USB cable)

Step 2: Unscrew housing, keeping track of the screws. You should have a total of eight (8) screws. For this camera they made it a little tricky. There are three (3) easy to see screws on the bottom, two (2) on one side, and one (1) on the other. The side with one screw has two more hidden. There is one under the flap you lift to access the USB port, and there is one under that piece you just unscrewed

Step 3: Unscrew the LCD/backlight unit and the button pad. There are three screws for this, one on the top left of the LCD unit, one under the backlight ribbon on the top right of the LCD unit (you have to remove this ribbon) and one on the top right of the button pad.

Step 4: Fold both the LCD/backlight unit and the button pad down to reveal where the ribbon is inserted into the camera's motherboard

Step 5: Undo the ribbon from the broken LCD.

Step 6: Now get the new LCD. (information on how to get a new LCD can be found on the repair shop link). And insert it opposite the way you removed the old LCD (the metal on the ribbon should be down). Make sure it is FULLY inserted (use toothpicks in ribbon holes for aide in this step)

Step 7: Put back the LCD/backlight unit and the button pad (the screw that goes under the backlight ribbon goes through both the LCD/backlight unit and button pad, make sure the LCD/backlight unit screw hole is under the button pad screw hole)

Step 8: Replace the backlight ribbon

Step 9: Remove any fingerprints

Step 10: Replace the housing. Don't forget to first screw in that hidden screw from before before covering it up.

Step 11: Insert the battery and test to see if the LCD unit works.

Congratulations, you did it!!!!

Didn't work? - If you only see white, this means that there is either a problem with the LCD unit you inserted, or that you failed to insert the ribbon fully. If you see an image, but is dark, then the backlight ribon was not replaced correctly or fully. If the camera doesn't power on, then you may have shorted a circuit, and failed to take the proper precautions as mentoined here.

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