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Canon CCD GL1

When I turn on the camera, nothing happens and the screen is blank. When I put it in VCR mode, it turns on, the power button lights up, but there is a quick beep, which has never happened before.

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Re: Canon CCD GL1

Hey hill,
This happened to me one time. Judging from the date of this, you probably have found a solution. The bottom line is that the camera has accidentally been placed in "Standby" mode. It is the lever surrounding the back of camera record button. When this is moved to standby, the VCR mode works, but nothing for the Camera mode. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008

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