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When I turn on my sony dcr-trv120 the time code on the display just blinks and will not read the time code from the tape. It will not play back recorded tapes either. I have two of these camcorders and both of them do the same thing.

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I couldn't find any reports of this happening on the net, but I did run across a free manual for you. Since both camcorders are doing this, I think it's a software setting issue, and the manual might help you set it up.
Here's the manual:
http://www.retrevo.com/support/Sony-DCR-TRV120-Camcorders-manual/id/201ag125/t/2/
Good luck, and hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 15, 2010

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