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Had this problem myself and found that the voltage of the battery was too low for the camera to charge (2.8 volt,s)
I manually charged the battery up past 3 volt,s then put it back in the camera and plugged it in--the light did stop flashing and did finaly turn green.
Or just get an external charger online for cheep.
if it still works ..I dont think this should have cause any problems ....I guess the power issues came from poor quality of the accumulators or better from a not that great formating of them when they were brand new....another cause may be the age ...after all even in mobile phones , those rechargeable ones have a limited life time ...and his is the way they behave .....I mean they begin to last less and less.. a solution might be new ones...or even try to never let them inside the camera even when the power is off...cause all cameras empty them batteries when they aren;t even on ...
According to the manual the red X means the heads may be dirty or worn out. I was looking at the manual for the VL-A110U camcorder as it seems like the closest thing but the red X is pretty universal. Your older tapes are probably fine. Sometimes a small piece of tape gets stuck in the tape head and is not easily dislodged. I would tyr using the cleaning tape 10 seconds at a time maybe 3 times, waiting a couple of minutes between cleaning as the heads get hot. If that doesn't do it you will probably need to take it to a reputable repair shop to see if they can do something.
Manual for the VL-A110U is available here. http://www.sharpusa.com/products/TypeManuals/0,1083,47,00.html
for a quick fix I usually override it by slightly opening the tape when its being loaded, i think its a sensor issue.
my cams been rendered useless because of this stupid error, I cant even sell it now because it only works 10% of the time and that's usually when im just checking out the cam, only when I need it the most does it screw up on me