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My old Panasonic Palmcorder IQ shows a red light in both switch positions-camera and VCR. Maybe yours has red for camera and green for VCR so you could tell them apart. I found that the Panasonic battery that came with the camera was the cheapest kind with the least charging time. I bought other batteries, they were good for a while, but now, many years later, they won' t hold a charge. Since I am only recording inside of my house, I have resorted to using the AC wall socket for power. I have to take the battery out of the camera. I found a power plug-in hole (like ones on cell phones) in the battery compartment. I also found one of these holes on my battery charger. My camera came with a double ended power plug. I plug one end into my camera and the other end into the battery charger. I plug the charger power cord into the wall outlet, and I have power to my older camera. Maybe you can find this double ended power cord at a store or on line.
Did you know that there are 2 kinds of batteries? Some have memories and others do not rely on a memory. The ones with memories have to be fully discharged or they will only charge a little, and keep charging less and less each time they are charged. The ones without the memory can be charged fully without being discharged fully. Check into battery information on line to get more information. Maybe you can get the non-memory kind.
Do you have a battery charger? If so, on mine I found a power-in little hole next to the battery power pins in the camera battery compartment. I also found the same type of power-in hole (like the ones found on a cell phone) on my battery charger. A double ended cord came with my camera. Maybe you have one, too. I plugged one end into the camera and the other end into the battery charger. Then I plugged the battery charger into an AC house outlet. This gave power to my camera. I am sure that you can find this type of double ended power cord on line or at a store.
Please plug the camera charger in AC Outlet and hook it to camera. Check camera power turn ON, works fine? if OK, switch it to Standby / Off mode. Attach battery and check any charging light lit? If yes, leave the camera on charging position for 4-5 hours until its charge light flashs or turn Off. battery is chaged now. Have fun :)
first you have to plug in the camcorder using the charger then you have to make sure that the play light is on,you do this by pushing the on and off switch down toward mode then you will see the green play light come on,next push the joystick in when you go to finalize,then make sure that the word yes is highlighted in orange push set and the finalization starts..if you have any questions just call cannon and they will walk you through the steps. that is what i did......good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This sounds similar to a problem I had. I brought the camera in under warranty and the repair shop fixed it. They shop text is cryptic.
Problem: Camera light keeps flashing, not charge
Solution: Troubleshoot to intermittent switch block control, replace with new one, test OK.
Try the most obvious solutions first; making sure the AC adapter for the camera is plugged into the camcorder-- and the plug orientation is correct if applicable, and it is in turn plugged into the wall. Is the wall outlet working? Try another location in your home to be sure. Is the AC adapter working? If you have a battery, attach it to the camera and see if it charges. Next, look for obvious outward physical damage to the camcorder that could cause it to stop working. The thin battery you speak of if generally just for backing up the time and date, and is not needed for operation. The power switch on Canon models is usually a slider that goes from Manual to Auto to VCR mode. If it is dirty or wearing out, move it a small amount to one side or the other, while watching the LED power indicator. If you see it flash, or light dimly, the switch is bad. Read the manual-- the unit may have a reset function you can access, or require a tape in it to power up. Hope these help.