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Will not record or play back.

The problem started when in record mode.  It would stop recording, go to a blue screen and show the "set time" message.  I would press record and it would work again for a short time, then go back to the blue screen.  Soon after this, the camera stopped recording or playing back at all.  I can rewind and fastforward, but trying to tape or watch what I taped gets me nothing but the blue screen.  Thanks for your time.

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Re: Will not record or play back.

The head may be dirty, try cleaning the head with a cleaner tape and try recording again.

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