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I have a Sony HVR Z1U camera that has been working fine to date, until 4 days ago after I used a tape cleaner to clean the head, and inserted a new plank tape, it wouldn't power up. I've used the batteries in my other sony camera and it works fine. I am baffled by this sudden loss in power. Any ideas what could have caused this? Thanks.

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    Thanks tbreeze47. I'm going to get the isoprpyl alcohol today and see if that works.

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It could be as simple as the battery contacts in the camcorder being slightly oxidized. Clean them with a qtip and at least 90% isopropyl alcohol to ensure they're making contact. When I accidentally cleaned the mode sensor in a vcr, it messed it up for about a day before it started working again, so I'm wondering if somehow this effected your camcorder. It shouldn't, but with a wet cleaner, I suppose it could.
Do any old tapes play? If they don't, there can be a door sensor that's dusty or not making contact. Did the cleaning tape spring the door to some degree? Just brainstorming here, as I'm not sure what's going on. If a head broke, that could be detected and shutting down the machine- inspect the head with a magnifier.
Couldn't find this problem on the web, so hope something here helps. Good luck, and thanks for using FixYa.

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