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Camera will not turn on

My camera was working fine and i was watching something in VCR mode then i turned it off and put it down. 2 hours later i come back and it will no longer turn on. Ive tried 2 different fully charged batterys but it still wont come on.

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  • andrew winchester Jul 25, 2006

    ok after putting the battery back in and hitting the reset switch its not comin back on. If i shake the camera i can hear a very tinny noise like something rattling around in there.
    I cant test using the mains adapter properly because it plugs in the same way as the battery does so goes through the same connection.

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Remove the battery for about 30 minutes. This will reset the unit and if it is a software issue it should be OK. You can also try it on the AC adapter in case the battery connector is defective. If reset allows it to work on AC but not battery you have a problem with the DC input connector. If you are good with your hands, have jewelers screwdrivers, magnifying glasses, a steady hand and lots of patience as well as good soldering skills you can remove the cases and repair the input connector. If you are not confident about doing this you will need to seek the help of a reputable repair shop. Hopefully, removing the battery and resetting the unit will solve your problem. Good luck.

Posted on Jul 25, 2006

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    Kim Yearick Jul 27, 2006

    This sounds like a problem I have seen and heard about. Usually the advice I gave you previously works to solve your problem. In your case you probably have a tape guide or pinch roller rolling around inside. If you feel you have the experience open the door and remove the screws holding the cover on. Should be a couple of phillips head screws at the top. Now you should be able to see the tape compartment. Extricate whatever is rolling around. If it is a tape guide you should see one missing where the tape is pulled from the cassette. You will need to find the clamp which holds it on also. Usually a plastic ferrule which has a friction fit. That's how it worked it's way off. If it is the pinch roller you will see a rubber wheel. Same repair procedure it just goes on a different post near the capstan. If you can't find all the parts you will need a service manual to identify the missing parts. This would help you locate where the loose parts go any way. Go here http://www.servicemanuals.net for a manual. Around $16.00 US. Next you will need the missing parts (if you can't find them all). Do make sure that they are not lodged in the unit anywhere or you'll be back in fixing it real soon. I find the best supplier of parts ishttp://www.tritronicsinc.com. Good luck and come back if you need any more help.

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