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Tony Garrison Posted on Jun 10, 2007

Will not play back

I get a picture while recording. Screen indicates that the camera is recording. When I rewind to play back, tape rewinds, but when play is pressed, nothing happens. The tape is moving forward (I have to rewind again), but no picture on the screen, or when I hook up to my computer. HELP! I'm going on vacation Monday night, wouold LOVE to know how to fix this hopefully simple problem!

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Usually if there is no impact injury involved or nagging intermittent past problems, you probably have a head cleaning issue. Try a dry type (reccomended) cleaning tape. Should be able to purchase at Best Buy or similar store. Good luck, magic seadog

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