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Canon XL1 does not power up properly

Hi, I have a Canon XL1 that works perfectly in video playback mode, but here is what happen when I try to use it in any of the record modes:

The red power light turns on and does not blink

The audio level indicator LCD turns on, and shows what mode the volume controls are currently operating in

The LCD eye display turns on, but show a black picture. (The back light is working, but it's actually displaying a black picture)

The time code display shows all dashes for the time code, and SP recording mode

about 5 or 10 seconds later is turns itself back off.
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Here are some things that I've already tried:

Removing the lens and running it with no lens.
Running it on both batteries and power supply
I tried running it with no memory battery
I tried running it with no eye piece
I tried running with and without a tape in the deck
I tried running it on every record mode

All have exactly the same result
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What is causing this problem? Do I need to replace or repair on of the circuit boards inside, or is it something very simple?

Thanks ahead of time for the help!

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  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2008

    I have the same issue, only mine does not stay on for 10 seconds. It stays on for about 2 seconds - not even long enough to get a blue screen in the viewfinder. Then, it automatically shuts off. I've tried batteries and direct power with the same result. Playback works just fine. Any solutions? Mine is a Canon xl1s.

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SOURCE: My canon camera seems to work fine in record mode.

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