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Sony DCR-HC38 not recording or playing

The camera is showing that all 9 of my tapes that I keep are blank and when I try to record onto those tapes it doesn't record. I was going through tapes trying to find a particular one. I put one in, watched it for a second, realized it wasn't the right one, put another in and it showed that it was blank and every tape after that (including the first one I tried) was shown as blank. And also would not record onto the tapes. It would show that it was recording, but when I would go back to watch it, it would show that it was blank. Thanks for the time.

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  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2007

    i have the same problem with this guy.

  • Zoeberg Apr 03, 2008

    I have this same problem, I did get a head cleaner and the same thing still happens... I'm beginning to think that it's not really even dirty.

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2008

    It just shows everything as being a blue screen, and with no minute count in the upper-right-hand corner

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Try to clean the video head...just forward a blank new tape 5 times...until the head is being cleaning...dont use a video head cleaner...just think using a sand paper to the head....it damaging the head

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