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I accidentally dropped my Sony Camcorder -- Now I cannot play the tape back nor can I record. The only indication that anything works is the charging light will come on when I plug it in. There isn't any beeps when changing from vcr to off or from off to camera. Is there anyway to get this fixed??

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It is probably not worth fixing. You can likely get a new camera for less than your repair cost. If you want to watch your old tapes there are many places that will convert them to DVD.

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