... SONY has confirmed that they can repair it, then obviously, it is not in good condition....otherwise, make sure the model is backward compaitble to Video 8 (analoue recordings - tape was recorded years ago ?)
Try another old tape, or try cleaning the recording head... or try playing further from the beginning of the tape ...)
I purchased a good condition used Sony Handycam DCR-TRV460 it records and playsback what you record but stick in an old tape (one that was recorded years ago) and in playback mode it just leaves a blue screen but if you fast forward during playback you can see images. I had borrowed a neighbors Sony Handycam DCR-TRV140 and it works on all the tapes. What would be the difference? Do you recommend sending it back to Sony for $141.00 they will repair unit? Not sure if anything is wrong with it since you can record and playback what you just did. Are the older tapes formatted a different way? And if so why would one camcorder read it fine and one not?
Thanks in advance for any ideas.