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I have not used my camera for over a year. I turned it on and put a tape in that I know has something recorded on it. The picture would barely come on and it would just stay blue for minutes at a time. The video and audio would barely show up and when it did it was fuzzy and choppy. Should I just give the battery a minute to warm up or is it the tapes that are the issue?

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Greetings - It could be a couple of things: It is very unlikely that it has to do with the battery (unless it isn't fully charged)

First is the possibility that the tape from sitting has gotten a bit of "stiction" which just means that the tape doesn't move smoothly on the hub - The cure usually is to fast forward all the way to the end and then rewind to the other end and then try it.

If that doesn't work I would get (you should have one anyway).a DV tape head cleaning cassette and use it as directed. Run it twice.

If that doesn't help you would have a real possibility of a damaged tape or camera tape heads.

Was the camera stored in a nice cozy room temperature place? Hopefully not somewhere where there was heat or moisture.

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