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A red blinking light is on the screen, and the tape does not run while record button is pushed. can not identify what the red flashing picture is, but there is a red line running threw it

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The Red flashing icon with the line through it says there is no tape in the camera. This could possibly be a problem in the cameras tape detection circuitry and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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