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Look for corrosion on the terminals that the batteries connect to. Make sure these are shiny. It sounds like you are not getting the right voltage. With a camera that old the contacts may have gotten some battery acid on them at some point.
The CMOS (BIOS) battery keeps the computer'a comfiguration and the Date & Time settings in the CMOS (BIOS) chip in its memory. When the CMOS (BIOS) battery is flat these configuration information is lost. Replace the CMOS battery with a new one, in most cases this battery is a lithium 3 volt battery type CR2032 and it is coin size battery 18mm in dia.(check it to make sure the type of battery is installed on your motherboard). When you replace this battery then go into the BIOS and set the Date & Time etc.
My wife's unit has the same issue - tried the firmware update (from Sony's website) and their suggested fix with no luck. Still works as a digital picture frame, but wrong date and stuck time kind of disappoint.
FYI - Suggested fix for stuck date/time:
Unplug unit. Remove backup battery. Leave for 30 seconds. Plug back in and then put battery back. Set date and time.
Didn't work for me, but maybe you'll have better luck.
1. Some batteries are not orginal so they do not give enough performance. If it is so then change your battery with an original one.
2. If a battery is Nickel-Cadmium and is not used under the condition of "full charge and full discharge" as the time passing it shows "memory reaction" and never acts as if it is full and can not be charged again. If your battery is so then change your battery with new one.
3. If a battery is out of order then it shows an unusual reaction. Sometimes give its performance sometimes not. If it is so then change your battery with new one.
4. If a battery is not charged enough then also it does not show an enough performance. If the situation is so then charge your battery again.
5. Sometimes battery dies. So please look at its buying date. Sometimes the time of manufacturing date and the time being and the period between these is greater than the battery usage period. If it is so change your battery with new one.
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I was in Shanghai in Dec 2008 over Christmas and I experienced the 'DEW' problem. The cassette tape door would not close either. I did not experience this before even after 2 years. I suppose the cold & the rain water causes the dew to accumulate in the CAM.
I did the reset by taking out the small tiny battery situated just above the big battery. The small battery has a cover. Pull it up & Get the small battery out and the whole camera resets. Re-entering the date & time is the only inconvenience. After reseting, I could use it again, but not for long as the problem comes back. When I came back to Malaysia (Temp 32-34 degrees celsius), the DEW problem disappappers.
You could also try this method to get rid of the dew. Buy a small sack of rice. Yes rice, the uncooked ones. Cut open a small opening just big enough to put your CamCorder into the sack. If you do not want to get your CAM dirty, wrap the CAM with tissue paper. Close the opening with a musking tape and leave it a few days. The dew should disappear from the CAM. It works for mobile phones too when it is accidentally drop into water. Of cause you should not switch on the mobile when it is still wet. It will self distruct if you do. Try the rice solution for a week before you on your mobile.