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Sony Handycam DCR-HC30 2004 model

No life to camcorder. Never used before, tried charging battery, plugged camcorder into TV, no "on" light, plugged into computer at home, again no life to camcorder. Tried re-set button. Today tried Sony Tech. Support and web site went down. The overall feeling is that the camcorder has not life to it. Dead.

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Re: Sony Handycam DCR-HC30 2004 model

Your unit is a 2004 model. If it has never been used since then the battery is probably no good and will need replaced. Batteries discharge 20% on a monthly basis just sitting on the shelf so yours went dead a long time ago. Then if they are left in that state (dead) they sulfate which means that sulfur oxides transfer to the plates and form an insulating surface. At that point all the charging in the world is not going to bring it back. All you can do is get another one. They are available at most stores which sell electronics. Get a new battery and charge it per the instructions and try using it again. This should solve your problem. Good luck.

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