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Old 04-25-2011   #1
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Default DIY'ers! Should I try repairing D50 myself?

I've been told I need the top circuit board replaced in my D50. It's not worth enough to pay the shop $250-275 to replace what is a $40 part (found on eBay).
I downloaded the service manual and followed the disassembly steps and they are pretty straightforward. I think I can handle it but wanted opinions on others who may have tried anything like this and if there was any issues like calibration etc that was out when the body was taken apart... Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 04-26-2011   #2
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If it i out of warranty and yer not afraid to get in there, hell yeah do it.

But that is coming from a guy who is such a big DIY'er that he would probably try to do his own spleen removal if the hospital would let him.


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if you do it yourself use antistatic mat , and antistatic cloths , it is most of the time cmos technology so you have to have a steady hand ona enough tape and peice of paper and pen to write down how it was and how it should look after it .

the parts do not cost much , it is the labour that makes the cost
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For me, at $250 it's not worth fixing, but I'm not a fixer. I'm more of a throw it out and put the money toward something new, type of guy. For $40 you might want to take a chance on it. Might work.

Me, I'd take that $40, and see if I can sell the camera as is. Then I'd put all that together, add some more money and buy something new.
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I file this under 'If you have to ask...'. Im the paranoid type. Im afraid Im going to break or blow something up. If its something your comfortable doing, might be worth a shot. But I understand the questions. Wanting to see if theres anything you might have to worry about.
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When I broke the LCD screen on my (out of warranty) Thinkpad laptop, I found out a new screen was about $500. I found a used one on eBay for $50. After googling & studying all the relevant information and overcoming the fear, decided to install it myself. It's still working today after about 2 years of use.

So I say - go for it. It's only going to cost you $40.
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I downloaded the service manual and followed the disassembly steps and they are pretty straightforward. I think I can handle...
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EASY ANSWER!!! Do it. (If it is out of warranty of course).

Maybe you can fix it. And save 270 dollars.

If you can't fix it you can buy another one from ebay for the same price and sometimes with some "extras".

Or even BETTER... you will have a great reason to buy another camera!!

Sorry for my English.

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Interesting. Let us know if you successfully repair it.
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I bought a D200 when this camera started acting up so it's basically a spare and I won't miss it if something goes awfully wrong lol; I dont expect it to be that bad though. Need to study the manuals better before I decide to do it though, will def update you'll on the progress...
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yeah so I went over the instructions again and it's just too risky for me to try and DIY. Gonna let a pro handle it, haha. Not right now, but when I can get some $'s together, I'll get it fixed.
Next option is to just sell the damn thing so someone who knows what they're doing.


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