Sony bought out Minolta Camera Division several years ago.
Sony provided support for a few years but that was only temporary.
That time is up and repair has been left to the open market.
There are several places that offer Minolta repair.
You can download a User Manual at:
You can do a Google search and find other places where you can download a Manual.
There was a recall many years ago for failure of the CCD sensor.
That may be why the display of new pictures is black.
The recall expired in 2011.
You can read the details here:
If the sensor is bad, you should still be able to see the menus and view old pictures that were taken before the sensor failed.
You may be able to find an A1 camera on ebay for about $50.
So think about that before you spend much money repairing that one.
I found my dads old Minolta Dimage A1 camera today, but it doesn't work. I thought it would be cool to try and fix it myself and get it working again, but I don't know that much about cameras. When you turn the camera on, everything works fine. I can navigate through the menus, adjust the settings, everything like that just fine. The problem is when I try and take a picture. When i take the lens cover off, both the LCD screen and the viewer? (the place you look through) are just black. I can still "take a picture" but it's just black on the screen when trying to view it. Even when i plug it into my computer and view the pictures that way, they are just black. I have come to the conclusion that it is definitely something with the lens, due to the facts. I tried to remove the lens, but i don't think it's possible. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions I could do? Anything is very appreciated.