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Handycam CCD TR517 Doesn't record

I haven't used my handycam for a while, today I tried to use it, everything works perfect but it doesn't record, I can see the standby green message, but when I push the red button nothing happens. The player mode works ok, I can also use the editsearch function but that red button just does nothing.

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  • orfeo_dan Jul 23, 2009

    I didn't know about those modes of record, but no matter if I press the button once or if I hold the button down nothing happens. I think I'll need to replace the record button. Thanks anyway

  • orfeo_dan Jul 28, 2009

    Thanks for posting your comments.
    OK here's what I do:
    I slide the main switch to the camera position (the one that also opens the lens cover)then I move the protection switch from the lock postion to the standby position, the camera turns on, I get image, I can use the zoom, I can see the green STBY letters, the time and battery counters, I can even use the +edit search- function. Then I try and press the red button and there's when notingh happens, I let it pressed for 1, 5 10 or 20 secconds but it just doesn't work. I opened and cleaned it, it doesn't seem to be damaged.
    I'm looking for and athorized sony center near me but I don't know if they would sell me the record switch or they only do the whole repairment.


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These models have a switch for 3 different modes of record. one where you press the red button once, one for having to hold the red button in and a 5 second record feature, check this mode. also check and make sure the tape you are using did not have the record save switch slid into record save position..

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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    Larry Stiles Jul 23, 2009

    Do you get an image on the screen before you attempt to press the record button? You cound still be in record standbye mode. If you would like to get a part number and try replacing the record switch yourself let me know. I have not seen this switch fail very often however. Larry

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    Larry Stiles Jul 28, 2009

    O.K. then the record switch is available only as part of the ss9700 switch block assembly . part number is 1-418-758-11 . list price is $19.87 . Should be able to get it at Andrews 1-800-289-0300. If not email me at



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