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    My daughter is currently on holiday in Peru and has taken my EPL5 and 12-50. Today she powered up the camera and the blue light came on but the screen was blank. I have advised her to take the battery out overnight and then refit it. Other than that, any ideas as to a solution to this?
    Dave

    E-M1 Mk2, Pen F, HLD-9, 17, 25, 45, 60 macro, 12-40 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-50, 40-150, 75-300, MC-14, MMF-3 (all micro 4/3rds), 7-14 (4/3rds), 50, 135 (OM), GoPro Hero 3, Novo/Giottos/ Manfrotto supports. Lowepro, Tamrac, Manfrotto, and Billingham bags.

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  • #2
    Re: Power on, no screen

    Check that the lens locking pin in properly engaging. If it's depressed then the camera will behave in the way you say.
    Paul
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    • #3
      Re: Power on, no screen

      May be to simple but does the screen have a three way view ?
      Screen on. Menu screen and a screen off like the EM1.
      Could it be that button has been pushed? Just a thought.

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      Ed

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      • #4
        Re: Power on, no screen

        I have decided to try and get my EPL5 working as it is probably not economical to get it fixed professionally. I thought that the problem might have been the ribbon cable to the screen but if I power the camera up and look at the screen at a particular angle I can just about make out information on it, which changes when I scroll through the menu. So something must be getting through to the screen from the camera. It might be that the screen has turned off for all intents and purposes but if I can't really see the wording in the menu (it is just too indistinct) how can I turn it back on? I don't know if the menu system for either my EM1 or the Pen F is similar but if they are I could try and scroll to the correct menu through button pushes.
        Dave

        E-M1 Mk2, Pen F, HLD-9, 17, 25, 45, 60 macro, 12-40 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-50, 40-150, 75-300, MC-14, MMF-3 (all micro 4/3rds), 7-14 (4/3rds), 50, 135 (OM), GoPro Hero 3, Novo/Giottos/ Manfrotto supports. Lowepro, Tamrac, Manfrotto, and Billingham bags.

        External Competition Secretary, Cwmbran PS & Welsh Photographic Federation Judge

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        • #5
          Re: Power on, no screen

          I have an E-PL5 on my desk at the moment, I can't see any way to disable the screen in the menus,
          The only time I got that to happen in use was connecting the VF4 and pressing the button in the VF4 as the eye sensor isn't supported on this camera.

          The only vaguely related thing I can see is there is a setting for the Backlight on the screen to dim when the camera is on but not being used.
          To get there...
          Press Menu
          Press Down x3
          Press Right
          Press Down x3
          Press Right
          Press Down x14
          Press OK
          The options are top to bottom 8 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, hold (off)

          The manual is here.
          http://cs.olympus-imaging.jp/en/supp...man_epl5_e.pdfhttps://www.olympus.co.uk/site/media...r6__GBP_UK.pdfhttps://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-LCD-D...EAAOSwKIpWANG6
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          • #6
            Re: Power on, no screen

            If you can see vague information that looks like it is the menu (good choice as it is high contrast) then the backlight leds have gone. You can often see a bit more detail if you shine a torch at a particular angle onto the screen as the light bounces off the back layer and through the LCD. Does sound like a cable issuse.

            In the short term can you use a viewfinder?
            Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
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            • #7
              Re: Power on, no screen

              Potentially the rest of the camera works just fine..........

              Hopefully it will take and store photos on the SD card. Thus if all else fails, your lass can continue photoing in a rudimentary way.

              Shame to loose an otherwise good camera, though she could just go and buy another................
              Mark Johnson

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              • #8
                Re: Power on, no screen

                The tip to use a torch to see the display more clearly was useful and i found the relevant part of the menu ok. Unfortunately i still couldnt get the display back so it is likely to be the backlight. I did try to remove the screws a while back to see if the ribbon cable was loose but despite getting them all out, nothing came apart. I fear that if I order a screen off eBay I won't be able to fit it due to this. BTW it is not my daughter's camera and she was just borrowing it. She isn't really into photography and prefers to use her mobile phone 😔 so won't be buying me a replacement 😣😣😣
                Dave

                E-M1 Mk2, Pen F, HLD-9, 17, 25, 45, 60 macro, 12-40 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-50, 40-150, 75-300, MC-14, MMF-3 (all micro 4/3rds), 7-14 (4/3rds), 50, 135 (OM), GoPro Hero 3, Novo/Giottos/ Manfrotto supports. Lowepro, Tamrac, Manfrotto, and Billingham bags.

                External Competition Secretary, Cwmbran PS & Welsh Photographic Federation Judge

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                • #9
                  Re: Power on, no screen

                  Buy a cheap VF3 and see if it works with that.
                  Paul
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                  • #10
                    Re: Power on, no screen

                    Originally posted by pdk42 View Post
                    Buy a cheap VF3 and see if it works with that.
                    Good idea. Lateral thinking..............
                    Mark Johnson

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                    • #11
                      Best Regards
                      Bill

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                      • #12
                        Re: Power on, no screen

                        It's not the end of the world if I don't get it fixed. I don't particularly need the camera but I did enjoy its tiny form factor with the 17mm f1.8 lens attached. I will have to sell it as non working I guess. Someone out there may be keener than me to get it going!
                        Dave

                        E-M1 Mk2, Pen F, HLD-9, 17, 25, 45, 60 macro, 12-40 Pro, 40-150 Pro, 12-50, 40-150, 75-300, MC-14, MMF-3 (all micro 4/3rds), 7-14 (4/3rds), 50, 135 (OM), GoPro Hero 3, Novo/Giottos/ Manfrotto supports. Lowepro, Tamrac, Manfrotto, and Billingham bags.

                        External Competition Secretary, Cwmbran PS & Welsh Photographic Federation Judge

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