No life to camcorder. Never used before, tried charging battery, plugged camcorder into TV, no "on" light, plugged into computer at home, again no life to camcorder. Tried re-set button. Today tried Sony Tech. Support and web site went down. The overall feeling is that the camcorder has not life to it. Dead.
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Re: Sony Handycam DCR-HC30 2004 model
Your unit is a 2004 model. If it has never been used since then the battery is probably no good and will need replaced. Batteries discharge 20% on a monthly basis just sitting on the shelf so yours went dead a long time ago. Then if they are left in that state (dead) they sulfate which means that sulfur oxides transfer to the plates and form an insulating surface. At that point all the charging in the world is not going to bring it back. All you can do is get another one. They are available at most stores which sell electronics. Get a new battery and charge it per the instructions and try using it again. This should solve your problem. Good luck.
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hi, its clear that the battery is gone .
replace the battery with a new one its gonna work fine.
when you plug the charging chord into the camera,the camera shuts down because the battery is gone.the battery has lost the ability to charge,so to protect your handycam from any hazard the camera shuts off.
Do you have any issues when operating the camera using the AC? If not, then the battery is most definitely your culprit. Batteries have a limited life span and they do tend to have a shorter lifespan as the years go by. If you can try depleting them and seeing if then they recharge, it's worth a shot. Otherwise a simple battery replacement is in order.
Also, try and use another battery and see if it charges. If it doesn't, then it just may be the charger. I'd also check Sony's website to see if there's a firmware update for your camera. Download and install it.
This camera has had problems with the primary switch block faulting. The camera will power up all by itself when unattended and drain the battery. Another symptom would be the battery refuses to charge fully because the camera must remain in the "OFF" mode for the charge process to begin.
Sony in Laredo, TX is replacing these controls at little or no cost, I would call them to see if they will repair this for you.
Hope this helps you.