Question about Sony Hi8 CCD-TRV138 Camcorder

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Black Screen The viewfinder and the LCD screen are just showing black. Everything else works fine, the buttons, sound, it will even playback recordings previous to the blackout. But now when I record its just a black screen. I have read tons of posts on websites of people claiming the same problems with sony with no solution except paying a lot of money to fix it. I hope somone can help me!!

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