Camcorders forum

General discussion

Handycam CCD-F401

by Magwheelz / September 25, 2006 11:48 AM PDT


Sorry if this isn't in the right section.

My camcorder stopped working a few years ago, and just recently I thought I'd try to revive it. It turns on- you can see the screen light up etc, but when you push "play" or "rewind" etc, it doesn't kick in- doesn't do anything. Then an arrow type icon appears in the middle of the screen and flashes constantly.

It ejects fine. Focuses fine. I just can't use it at the moment.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I don't have a manual..and am unable to find one online.


Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Handycam CCD-F401
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Handycam CCD-F401
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
(NT) (NT) have you tried contacting Sony for a manual?
by boya84 / September 26, 2006 1:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Handycam CCD-F401
Collapse -
(NT) (NT) No..but will do- thanks ;-) n/t
by Magwheelz / September 26, 2006 11:34 PM PDT
Collapse -
Have the same problem
by charham / September 28, 2006 6:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Handycam CCD-F401

My sony ccd-f401 camcorder stopped a few years ago, When it is in camera mode, the screen will pick up what it is viewing with a double picture of all objects, but the camcorder record or play will not work. I have discovered there is a dime shaped battery located on bottom of camera which might have something to do with the auto focus.

Did you find a manual, and were you able to get any help from it?

Collapse -
YEP! Found the manual
by Magwheelz / September 28, 2006 10:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Have the same problem

Not sure if it's going to help me yet though. The blinking "arrow" in the middle is the condensation/moisture "alert". It says to take the tape out and let it sit- makes it sound like it's the tape that is the problem. But this happens with every tape I put in there. So I'm leaving the camcorder open for a few days or longer.

I also am going to change that battery you're referring to, as I did get something blinking at the bottom of the screen from time to time- looked it up, and it's that battery. Maybe that's what's causing the moisture meter to act up too? Who knows.

My auto focus works fine..I would think the main battery would be responsible for that..not this little one that seems to be more for storing your date/time etc. I could be wrong though.

Collapse -
ccd-f401 sony handycam not playing tape back
by dangerboy71 / February 15, 2009 6:41 AM PST
In reply to: YEP! Found the manual

I am having this problem also. I bought the small battery but it hasn't helped. I found the manual on the sony site buy typing in the modul # ccd-f401. I am having the same thing happen with the blinking arrow flashing in the veiw finder whenever I put a tape in. Have you had any success getting it to work? I also have it sitting open hopeing it just needs to air out. I bought it second hand and I only have the power adapter cord to plug into the wall, no chargeable battery. I don't have the remote either. I was wondering if that made a differance for some reason.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,224 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,453 discussions
Laptops 20,090 discussions
Security 30,722 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,937 discussions
Windows 10 1,295 discussions
Phones 16,252 discussions
Windows 7 7,684 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,215 discussions


Enter for your chance to win* a game hardware bundle

One lucky winner will walk away with a gaming monitor, keyboard and mouse. Two lucky runners-up will score a gaming headset.