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Black screen in REC mode, bars across the screen in Playback mode

I recently took my ZR80 out to record my golf swing after about 6 mo of none use. It functioned perfectly for the first 15-20 minutes. Then the picture starting having break up and video static. Then nothing. Still recorded sound. Playback of old recording show solid bars horizontal across the screen and sound. Do you think this can be fixed?? If so can you do the work??

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My advice is that you should by a DV cleaning cassette. Put this in the camera and run it for 10 to 20 seconds only. running the cleaning cassette for a long time may damage the head.
good luck!
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