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Camera acts dead. Hasn't been used for a long time. Will not turn on. anti-ground swithch is in start/stop mode. replaced 3 volt lithium battery. nothing operates. battery in or out, charger in or out- nothing. What can I try?

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  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2010

    Make and model is DCR-TRV310. I am using the original Sony AC power adaptor.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2010

    Sony DCR-TRV310 will not turn on. It hasn't been used for over a year. AC adapter is factory original, anti-ground switch is in start/stop position, battery in or out makes no difference. tape eject will not work, of course. I just want to dub tapes to dvd before all is orphaned technology. Help!

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2010

    uhh... where do I get a digital multimeter? Is there another way without your tool bench available?

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2010

    This is becoming funny. I have a later handycam but its AC adapter is not the same. It is model no. AC-L25A. Are Sony AC adapters proprietary? Would Radio Shack or Best Buy have something I can use today?

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If the battery was left inside the camera for a long period of time the contacts need to be cleaned with rubbing alcohol. Use a Q Tip doing this and try again with a new battery

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Hi,
I need exact model number of your Sony camcorder to find out reason of no power up problem.
Please check charger output volts with multimeter as it should be equal to written on back of charger, approx 10V DC
Thanks.

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    Shahid Electronics Mar 27, 2010

    Make and model is DCR-TRV310. I am using the original Sony AC power
    adaptor.
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    Thanks for model info.
    Please check charger output volts with help of digital multimeter as if charger is down, it wont power up camcorder nor it charge battery. If charger output volts are fine then plug charger in AC and output jack in camcorder, turn power switch to either camera or VTR/ playback mode.
    Let me know your findings to move forward.
    Thanks.


  • Shahid Electronics
    Shahid Electronics Mar 27, 2010

    OK, no problem.
    I have all schematics of this camcorder because I'm Sony camcorder tech and can assist you to fix it, all you need is to provide me info that I'm asking.



  • Shahid Electronics
    Shahid Electronics Mar 27, 2010

    uhh... where do I get a digital multimeter? Is there another way
    without your tool bench available?
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    OK, other way is check ac charger on other Sony camcorder, I just want to make sure that charger is fine as next thing is fuse in camcorder main board that can cause of said symptom.



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