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Old Sony Hi 8 camcorder

I fired up my old camera to convert old Hi 8 tapes into digital format. Camera powers up, but, all I get in the record and playback modes is a blank white screen with black vertical bars and a flashing up arrow with a bar underneath... hmmmmm, some kind of error code. I cannot find my old manual ...... and I'm not the sort of person that would take something in to a shop for repairs. Is there a simple fix out there?

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  • Jim Beaty
    Jim Beaty Feb 12, 2009

    Thanks for the post Richie ..... The camera has always been stored in a case with a dry pack and doesn't smell like fish, matter of fact, it smells kind of new even though date of mfg appears to be November 1990. I have it hooked up to an auxilliary power supply and I have replaced the little button battery but it hasn't made any difference. I took the thing in for servicing about 5 years ago and got dinged a couple hundred bucks, so I'm kind of gun shy about service techs, considering the camera is obsolete. If I'm going to spend money, I would just as soon put the cash toward a Digital8 camera if I can find one. There is alot of nostalgia attached to some of my old Hi8 clips.

  • Richard Perkins
    Richard Perkins May 11, 2010

    Make sure the camera is dry and the battery is good and charged.



    If there are still problems - it could be that the electronics have corroded.

    There was a faulty batch of capacitors in 1999 - which leaked over time. If your unit smells of fish, this may be the case.

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