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    JVC mini-cam won't turn on

    My JVC GR-AX7GYU will not turn on. Admittedly, I haven't used it in several years and was going to give it to my grandson for summertime fun. I know the clock battery needs replacement but I think that is totally independent of the rest of the operation. The AC power adapter does deliver power as far as the contact points on the camera. I've used the search feature of this forum as well as looking at 8-10 pages of previous posts and haven't found any ideas. A google search gave me primarily (main) replacement battery. A few posts with similar problems from years ago but no solution. Is it time to junk this 20 year old camera and have a disassembly project with my grandson? THANKS

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    Hi,

    If it's not turning on then you can assume that the battery will have died. If it's not being powered on by the charger/AC lead then the camera is faulty.

    It's up to you whether you want to take it apart or not, but I certainly wouldn't go so far as getting replacement parts for a camera that is potentially 20 years old.

    I'm sure by taking it apart you could teach him several things about it - perhaps then he could appreciate what components go into a newer camera (i.e. how they've been slimmed down/improved).

    Let us know how you get on :-)

    James

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    Hi Sandy

    Absolutely junk it!! The costs for a repair will be a lot higher than a new camera and you might even find a bargain on ebay. Grandchildren are very up to date with technology and a 20 yo cam will most definately be analogue (it uses tape and capturing that signal to a computer is tricky and poor quality!!
    I had a Panasonic DS50 that I bought on eBay years ago for $150 which started giving tape troubles a year later. Panasonic quoted me $600 to fix it!!!

    You will find something 10 times better for a fraction of a repair bill!!

    Chris

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    Now if I'd have said to throw it away, you would have been saying not to lol. I agree with the pricing aspect too (new camera cheaper than repair etc)

    If Chris says to throw it away, then throw it away :-)

    James

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    Hey James
    Sandy actually was going to use it as a "dis-assembly" project with her grandson which will be fun seeing what's inside a camcorder. Believe it or not when I "junk" stuff I don't throw it away any more!! I put it on eBay!! I bought a "sight unseen" Fuji digital camera from a lady who's boyfriend have left her the camera and she had no idea if it worked or not. I got it for a mere $64 and to my dismay the CCD sensor was blown so it was junk material. I relisted it on eBay and carefully noted that it as "FAULTY!! NEEDS SPECIALISED REPAIR" and the bids came in as usual and I ended up getting $72 for it.

    Sandy, you don't say what age your grandson is but scout around on ebay and you will find really cheap "kids" camcorders (they do the same job as expensive ones ... ) and see if he enjoys using it before getting something more costly!!

    Chris

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for the feed back. Junk it I will. My grandson just graduated from highschool and two electives this year were in audio/visual production. He probably would have been totally frustrated with my "antique"!

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