Introduction

The screen allows users to view pictures, videos, and menus. It is a delicate part of the camera that may need to be replaced if nothing is displayed or if the camera powers up, but doesn't allow the user to record or access menus.

Replacing the screen of the DCR-SR42 is a simple procedure that will take no more than 40 minutes. However, the user should be careful when disassembling the camera in order to avoid damaging the flex cable or any other internal components of the camera. The user should also ensure that the battery is disconnected from the camera at least an hour before disassembly is attempted, since capacitors inside the camera can remain charged with electricity some time after the battery is removed. It is necessary to allow capacitors to discharge to prevent injury to the user or damage to the camera.

For problems pertaining to the LCD screen, please refer to the Sony Handycam DCR SR-42 Troubleshooting Guide

Image 1/2: Wait 1 hour after removing the battery before continuing to disassemble the camera. Image 2/2: Wait 1 hour after removing the battery before continuing to disassemble the camera.
  • Remove the battery, and use the Phillips #00 precision screwdriver to then remove the three 3mm Phillips #00 screws under the battery.

  • Wait 1 hour after removing the battery before continuing to disassemble the camera.

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  • Remove the three 3mm #00 Phillips screws on the bottom of the camera.

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Image 1/1: Remove the 4mm Phillips #00 screw under the AV port cover.
  • Remove the three 3mm Phillips #00 screws on the side of the camera.

  • Remove the 4mm Phillips #00 screw under the AV port cover.

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Image 1/2: Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove. Image 2/2: Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove.
  • Gently pull the black plastic hard drive cover away from the body of the camera. This will expose the hard drive.

  • Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove.

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Image 1/2: The hard drive is attached to the flex cable. Remove the hard drive slowly to prevent the flex cable from being damaged. Image 2/2: The hard drive is attached to the flex cable. Remove the hard drive slowly to prevent the flex cable from being damaged.
  • Lift the hard drive out of the camera by grasping the grey rubber mounting brackets and pulling them upwards.

  • The hard drive is attached to the flex cable. Remove the hard drive slowly to prevent the flex cable from being damaged.

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  • Remove the rubber mounting brackets by pulling them off the hard drive.

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  • Carefully unplug the flex cable from the hard drive.

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  • Remove the four 3mm Phillips #00 screws from under the hard drive.

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Image 1/3: Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove. Image 2/3: Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove. Image 3/3: Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove.
  • Press in on the two tabs as shown and lift the metal plate up and off the camera.

  • Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove.

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Image 1/3: Remove the 2 mm Phillips #00 screw from the screen hinge. Image 2/3: Remove the 2 mm Phillips #00 screw from the screen hinge. Image 3/3: Remove the 2 mm Phillips #00 screw from the screen hinge.
  • Remove the two 4mm Phillips #00 screws from the underside of the camera.

  • Remove the 2 mm Phillips #00 screw from the screen hinge.

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Image 1/3: Remove the two 3mm Phillips #00 screws from underneath the plastic cover. Image 2/3: Remove the two 3mm Phillips #00 screws from underneath the plastic cover. Image 3/3: Remove the two 3mm Phillips #00 screws from underneath the plastic cover.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to remove the plastic cover from the top of the camera.

  • Remove the two 3mm Phillips #00 screws from underneath the plastic cover.

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Image 1/2: Remove the 4mm Phillips #00 screw from underneath the cover. Image 2/2: Remove the 4mm Phillips #00 screw from underneath the cover.
  • Remove the second plastic cover from the top of the camera.

  • Remove the 4mm Phillips #00 screw from underneath the cover.

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Image 1/2: Unplug the flex cable from the screen assembly. Image 2/2: Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove.
  • Carefully pry the screen assembly apart from the main body of the camera.

  • Unplug the flex cable from the screen assembly.

  • Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove.

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  • Remove the 5 3mm Phillips #00 Screws from the screen assembly.

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Image 1/3: Lift off the plastic bracket from the hinge. Image 2/3: Lift off the plastic bracket from the hinge. Image 3/3: Lift off the plastic bracket from the hinge.
  • Carefully lift up the sound chip and peel the flex cable off the screen case.

  • Lift off the plastic bracket from the hinge.

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  • Remove the screen from the plastic case by pulling the flex cable and sound chip through the hole in the case.

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  • Turn the hinge sideways and remove the two 4mm Phillips #00 screws from the side of the screen.

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Image 1/3: Unwrap the flex cable from around the hinge. Image 2/3: Unwrap the flex cable from around the hinge. Image 3/3: Unwrap the flex cable from around the hinge.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to remove the plastic hinge covers and expose the metal hinge.

  • Unwrap the flex cable from around the hinge.

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Image 1/2: Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove. Image 2/2: Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove.
  • Use the plastic opening tool to open the screen case.

  • Even with all the screws removed, this part will require some force to remove.

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Image 1/2: Unplug the flex cable from the screen chip. Image 2/2: Unplug the flex cable from the screen chip.
  • Unplug the flex cable from the sound chip.

  • Unplug the flex cable from the screen chip.

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  • Unscrew the 2mm Phillips #00 screw from the screen chip.

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Image 1/2: Separate the screen from the chip. Image 2/2: Separate the screen from the chip.
  • Remove the LCD screen and chip from the plastic case.

  • Separate the screen from the chip.

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  • Unplug the screen cable from the screen chip.

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Conclusion

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

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