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Can't record or playback

I have a problem with my camcorder. I had this problem before but now I can't seem to fix it. It won't record or playback. I can't clean the heads because it wont play anything. I just get a blinking power light and it turns off. Can anyone help? I notice that someone has a similar problem. Were you able to fix it? The manual tells me that it is a dew problem but I get no indication that it is. So can anyone help?

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Re: can't record or playback

When the red light flashes the camera either has a fault with tape mech or the lens unit. This should be checked by a panasonic technician.

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