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Problem: xl1 Camcorder will not power up with the battery or the AC power or the power switch shut off.

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This is usually caused by a failed component in the power circuit within the camera and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it’s not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.

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SOURCE: DCR-SR42 Camcorder does not power up

I think AC power charger of your camera got defective first and later on battery lost its charge so no power for camera now to power up.
Try to borrow same charged battery from friend. neighbors etc and test your camera.
If camera power up, it is sure that charger has gone and you need new one.
let me know in that case to guide you further.

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it under the battery pack

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We are in the middle of a production (Live, right now) and one of our XL1's is shutting down whenever we hit the record button.


It may be timing out. Is the camera in standby mode? If yes, put it in record and lock.
I have an XL1 and a GL1 that sometimes shuts down. Is there a tape in the camera? It will time out sometimes if there is no tape rolling. Even if I am capturing directly to a computer, I always roll a tape, just to keep the camera from timing out.
What does your battery guage read in the viewfinder? A low battery will shut you down without warning. Try running from the power adapter if you have one.

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