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Hi, I have a Fisher Price PXL 2000 Video Camera from the late 1980's. It appears the light sensor has stopped working- and therefore it won't record at all. (The red light in the viewfinder is constan

The camera had been in storage for about ten years until we pulled it out a couple of weeks ago. It was stored without batteries, in a large box with a few other cameras, with no pressure on it whatsoever. The camera worked flawlessly when stored. In basic attempts to get it to work we wiped the lens down well and tried two different sets of fresh batteries, along with two different types of tapes, as well as shooting in indoor and outdoor lighting.

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A week ago I bought a PXL 2000 from a local thrift shop. A few minutes of searching the model number on the web and I found several sites with tips on how to get it working again. It sounds like yours may have a cloudy blue filter in front of the image sensor. You will have to disassemble the unit in order to clean/remove this piece. I have been working with electronics for years. I do not recommend attempting working on it if you are not familiar with electronic repair already.
My unit also had a corroded battery terminal which I cleaned with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. The belts that drive the cassette deck may be dry and stretched. They will need to be replaced.
I don't have my unit functioning yet. I just ordered new belts today.
Modifying repairing the PXL 2000

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Testimonial: "Hi Phil, Lucy here- thank you so much for the detailed info. My electronically confident friend is going to help me with that pesky blue filter - I have high hopes that will fix the problem. These are such great weird cameras~ I just can't give up on her. Best of luck getting yours fully functional- And thanks again, I really appreciate your help."

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    This is Phil. You're welcome. I'm glad I could help. If you want to record video from the camera I would recommend the modifications on the site I listed. It worked for me. I connected it right to the compsite video input on my tv and saw the ghost like image. I removed the blue filter before I tried it.


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When you are sure all contacts in the battery compartment and on the battery are clean and shiny and you know for sure the battery is charged and in good condition, everything should work. Contacts can be cleaned with a dry cloth or cotton swab(s). Never use anything sharp.
It could be the camera is defect, because one or more capacitors dried out. You won't be able the fine them or even to replace them. Sometimes we should accept things can reach an end of life to.

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SOURCE: Casio Exilim s500--horizontal lines in picture and autofocus creates blurry pics

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SOURCE: ''err 99'' code appearing fairly often recently on Canon Rebel XT

To isolate the cause of the issue, do the following: -

1. Turn off the camera.
2. Remove the lens, battery, and CF card.
3. Allow the camera to sit without power for approximately 20 minutes.
4. Insert only a fully charged battery, and turn on the camera.
5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.

Does the “ERR 99′ message appear? If so, the camera may be faulty and requires a service. If it does not, then: -

1. Turn off the camera.
2. Insert the CF card.
3. Turn on the camera.
4. Format the CF card in the camera.
5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.

Does the “ERR 99′ message appear? If so, then the CF card is faulty. Try a different card. If the message does not appear: -

1. Turn off the camera.
2. Clean the gold contacts on the lens by GENTLY rubbing them with a pencil eraser or soft cloth. Keeping the camera face pointing down, also clean the gold contacts on the camera, being careful that you do not let any debris fall into the camera body.
3. Reattach your lens.
4. Turn on the camera.
5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.
If the “ERR 99′ message only appears when one particular lens is attached, then that lens should be examined by a service technician.
If you see the “ERR 99′ with a different Canon lens attached, then the camera is faulty and should be serviced.

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