Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fix for Sony DSC-S40 Blank White LCD Screen


A little while ago, I turned on my Sony DSC-S40 camera and it gave me quite a fright – the LCD viewfinder was completely white! Turning the camera off and back on and changing batteries didn’t help.

So I decided to Google to see if there was something that could be done about it. As it turns out, there’s a simple solution (posted by a Bob Allen) which has helped a lot of owners and when I first read it, I thought it was a joke. The instructions read:

1. Hold camera firmly in left hand
2. Smartly rap front of camera with knuckles of right hand on the "Cyber-shot" logo.



That’s it. Really. And it does work.

According to this discussion on Camera Hacker, the underlying problem is that the LCD ribbon becomes loose and either pressing or tapping the panel at the right spot (the Cyber-shot logo) fixes the issue by pushing the connector back in place.

18 comments:

johnplayers said...

its nice post,nice instructions.

Anonymous said...

Hi
i had taken the camara a part (the back half) the check the flex in well conected and all looked good but still white sreen. then i found this post and just knock it a little and to my surprise it worked. big thanks.
tony (cyprus)

Anonymous said...

hi!

tapping das work

Anonymous said...

Not for me :(

Anonymous said...

I was 2 fast posting previous post...
Nice tapping didn't work, but when I tapped harder, it just start working!

Amazing tip! Unbelievable, but does work!!! Thanks folks!

Anonymous said...

I needed to take an urgent photo and found a blank white screen when I turned on my Sony DSC-S40. All set to buy another camera I tried the internet "just in case". A Google search and one punch later my camera worked again.
I thought it was a joke too!

Anonymous said...

Thanks alot for posting such a useful tip, it worked!!

hermanobrother said...

Holy cow it worked!

I had even opened the camera, put it back together and didn't work.

Now I hit it with my knuckles in the logo and it worked!

lb said...

Great post, thanks so much, it did the trick!

alex said...

Thank you very very much!!!

it does

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much - worked for me too! Unbelievable - such a simple fix!

Anonymous said...

Worked for me also.

George Sariev said...

WORK THANKS YOU ARE GREATE

Pratik Bhosale said...

thank u very much
i was thinking to go to service center but before that i just checked ur post
IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK U VERY MUCH!!!!!!!:)

Anonymous said...

Yes!!! Its work!!! Thanks of lot!!! ^))

Anonymous said...

IAN says: I went to buy a used Sony DSC-S40 at a Cash Converter location. Turned on a Sony DSC-S40 camera and it had a white screen. The salesperson said I could buy it for $5.00. So I bought it. ITS FIXED NOW. GREAT TIP. MUCH THANKS. SEPT.04 2014.

Anonymous said...

Someone gave me the camera free
, it worked for awhile and then I got the white screen. Gave it a rap as instructed here. Works perfectly now. Wow!!!

Linus Stotts said...

Great trick!