I have only had my camera for a few weeks and now when i open the screen the camera just flashes on and off. It won't stay on. I tried plugging it into the computer too and nothing is working. I pulled out the memory card too and it still just comes on and off over and over when i open the screen. HELP!!!
My AIPTEK 1080p was powering on but the screen was turning off within one second of turning the unit on. I verified that the camera was still working and just the output onto the screen failed. I was able to resolve this by hooking the camcorder up to the TV and viewing the menus on the TV and then turning the camcorder off with the power button. I think this problem happened because I didn't do a "clean" shutdown the last time I had my aiptek hooked up to the TV. It is now working perfectly!
Aiptek told me to send it back with a $33 money order only no check or credit card and thay would send me a refurb. with 6 month warrenty. What a joke $33 more dolers for something i used 3 times I sould have just spent the money in the first place and bought a camra that worked.
I have only had my camera for a few weeks and now when i open the
screen the camera just flashes on and off. It won't stay on. I tried
plugging it into the computer too and nothing is working. I pulled out
the memory card too and it still just comes on and off over and over
when i open the screen
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The dew indicator means that the internal condensation sensor has been triggered. Usually these will permanently disable the camera, but I have seen it reverse. Keep the camera in an opened state in a completely dry environment for a few hours or even up to a week (it can take that long). If after a week of sitting open unused the error still shows then you will need to replace the camera.
When you switch it on the red led will light up but within 10 seconds it will flash and then a message on the screen will come on to tell you to reset then tell you "in service".
This will repeat itself forever to frustrate you no end but I have stumbled onto tricking it into working, ie get the led on without progressing to flash. Try switching it on and as soon the led comes on, switch it off, do this a few times, then leave the switch on and voila it might stay on like it did for me.
Just now I have ran it for an hour, switch it off then after 30 seconds turn it back on and it stays on.
I thick the reset button is all bull. Let me know how it all went or am I all bull for your NV-DS38.
Just fixed this problem. It is one of the three main fuses that have blown out. This is not supposed to be consumer accessible or fixable, but I did it.
Open up the camera case using the 5 allen head screws
disconnect the top ribbon cable going to the playback buttons on the handle.
on the main board (behind the tape deck) are 3 tiny square black fuses
The top fuse FU3201 is the VTR
The middle fuse FU3200 is the Motor
The bottom fuse FU3202 is the Camera/Lense
The bottom fuse was my culprit. I found a tiny piece of copper and bent it into a U shape and slipped it over the fuse so that it touched the metal terminals on both sides and bypassed the fuse. This fixed the problem.
Haven't used the camera extensively since, but shoot about 10 hrs a week with 2 xl1's and will post if anything happens.
Here is a diagram from the Canon XL1 Service Manual:
Here is the service manual download link:
you have to check the firewire securety port.... it protect the camera from the wrong conections with the pc... it doesn"t complot the camera work.... if you have a playback recorder deck it can wait ....
I had same problem. Got lucky and found Westpeak Electronic Services in Calgary, AB in Sept 2009. I left it there, they replaced and aligned the ccd imager free of charge and mailed it to me a week later. I live in British Columbia. Their number is 866-410-Sony
The mechanism is out of sync, put a tape in and hold it, it wont go in but will try to open don't let it, remove the battery and reattach, let the tape eject, rinse and repeat 3 or 4 times and it will finally accept the tape.