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The picture stays green but the camcorder will still play the tape back it does not record

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Dear Tbrewer31,
I am sorry, I can't understand this problem. Will you please provide more details of your camcorder including its model number. This will help me to understand the problem exactly.

Posted on May 26, 2008

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