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No power for my XL2.

I connected my video camera to my computer by a six pin firewire. The camera went dead and I think smelled a slight wiring oder. Now it will not power up.

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It seems Like You fried the camera, you need to either send it back to canon for repairs, or take it to a really damn good repair shop. Sorry man, buts thats all I got.

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