Introduction

This guide details the steps necessary to replace the flex cable that connects the LCD screen to the motherboard on a Sony Handycam DCR-HC30. This can be a fairly complex replacement if the correct tools are not used.

To begin, the LCD screen must be removed. Bring the LCD screen to the fully open position.
  • To begin, the LCD screen must be removed.

  • Bring the LCD screen to the fully open position.

  • Remove the three 5 MM Phillips #1 screws on the front of the LCD screen.

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Flip the camera with the lens facing up. Turn the LCD screen so you can see the 5 MM Phillips #1 screw on the inside; remove the screw. Spin the LCD screen around to get the 5 MM Phillips #1 screw in the same place on the other side.
  • Flip the camera with the lens facing up.

  • Turn the LCD screen so you can see the 5 MM Phillips #1 screw on the inside; remove the screw.

  • Spin the LCD screen around to get the 5 MM Phillips #1 screw in the same place on the other side.

  • Use the plastic opening tool to gently separate the back of the screen from the unit.

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The parts are very small and fragile and can break easily. With the back off, spin the LCD screen back around. Using the plastic opening tool, gently lift up the holder that keeps the ribbon in place.
  • The parts are very small and fragile and can break easily.

  • With the back off, spin the LCD screen back around.

  • Using the plastic opening tool, gently lift up the holder that keeps the ribbon in place.

  • Gently slip the ribbon from its housing.

  • When this step is completed the camera will separate from the LCD screen. From here on you will only be working with the camera itself.

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With the LCD screen off the unit it is time to work on the rest of the screws. Face the camera with the viewfinder towards you. Remove the five 5 MM Phillips #1 screws circled here.
  • With the LCD screen off the unit it is time to work on the rest of the screws.

  • Face the camera with the viewfinder towards you.

  • Remove the five 5 MM Phillips #1 screws circled here.

  • Flip the camera where the bottom faces toward you.

  • Remove these four circled 5 MM Phillips #1 screws.

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Remove the last 5 MM Phillips #1 screw that is somewhat hidden in the resting place of the LCD screen. For the next step make sure to be careful so as to not break any of the clips that hold the camera's two halves together. With the bottom of the camera facing you grasp each half of the camera and gently pull the halves apart.
  • Remove the last 5 MM Phillips #1 screw that is somewhat hidden in the resting place of the LCD screen.

  • For the next step make sure to be careful so as to not break any of the clips that hold the camera's two halves together.

  • With the bottom of the camera facing you grasp each half of the camera and gently pull the halves apart.

  • There will be some slight popping sounds as the clips release.

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Remove the two 5 MM Phillips #1 screws found on the underside according to the picture. Gently slip the flex cable out of its housing (indicated at the orange circle). Lift the plastic covering on the hinge where the LCD screen had previously been.
  • Remove the two 5 MM Phillips #1 screws found on the underside according to the picture.

  • Gently slip the flex cable out of its housing (indicated at the orange circle).

  • Lift the plastic covering on the hinge where the LCD screen had previously been.

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Flip the camera upside down and face the LCD screen side toward you. Remove the flex cable assembly and thread the cable through the opening.
  • Flip the camera upside down and face the LCD screen side toward you.

  • Remove the flex cable assembly and thread the cable through the opening.

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Using the spudger, depress the clips within the holes as shown. Make sure to flip the assembly over and do the other side as well. While grasping the metal section of the assembly, remove the plastic covering that was attached with the clips. While grasping the metal section of the assembly, remove the plastic covering that was attached with the clips.
  • Using the spudger, depress the clips within the holes as shown. Make sure to flip the assembly over and do the other side as well.

  • While grasping the metal section of the assembly, remove the plastic covering that was attached with the clips.

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While grasping the metal assembly, gently unravel the flex cable. The flex cable is tightly wound around a metal rod in the center of the assembly. Remove the flex cable from the assembly.
  • While grasping the metal assembly, gently unravel the flex cable.

  • The flex cable is tightly wound around a metal rod in the center of the assembly.

  • Remove the flex cable from the assembly.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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