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My thoughts is the heads on the drum are getting clogged. The best thing to do is to take it into a place like Best Buy who may be able to have the appropriate cleaning tools to clean the debris from the heads. Cleaning should be left to the professionals especially with Mini DV as the heads and head drum is so small and tiny.
It was my question and I have found an answer.The problem was,due to faulty main PCB,which did not supply power to LCD backlight. I was lucky enough to find same faulty model on eBay,sold for spares (around $15 for the lot).I have also purchased a service manual for $10,just to see,how to disassemble a unit.It was pretty easy,not a rocket science.Any new replacement part usually very expensive,not saing about repair in repair shop.Will cost fortune.My advice: try to find similar not working unit on ebay,just figure out what was wrong,as there is no point to get unit with the same fault.The camera I have bought for parts had a mechanical problem,chewing tape.
I have a Sam sung digital camcorder vp - d305i.
I have used the cam 3 times and decided to use it for once and now have found no image on the Lcd and view finder but it seems to record the sound only.
What could it be???
Sounds like you may have a problem in the auto iris curcuit or the auto settings was switched to manual and the lens is closed. Check first to see that the lens is setup in auto mode. If it is then the auto iris as i said before is bad or stuck closed unless the small caps in that curcuit went bad as they always do after a few years. Good Luck