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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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Re: Sony DCR-HC38 not recording or playing

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 damaging the head

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