These battery lights can't tell us anything useful for batteries past a few years. The failure modes would require a mainframe and maybe a Star Trek M5 talking computer. Let's keep it simple. Old batteries fail in a few ways. Dead = easy to tell what's up. Zombie units that rise up on charging but give short use eat up our time trying to coax them back to life. And shorted cells burn up our chargers.
Since it is 10 years old I would hit amazon.com and buy a replacement. Yes I heard your question about the battery being 10 years old but that's a question for the seller.
Hope this helps.
I have not used the camcorder for at least 10 years now.The battery was dead of course. but charging the battery has it's problems.
After charging the first time, the lights flashed back and forth: first the left two, then the right two. What does this mean?, I had 18 minutes of recording time.
When I recharged,the charger started at 0 lights and eventually showed all four. Battery indicator in the camera showed it to be the battery shape as white with diagonal lines. I believe this indicated a weak battery.I had about 5 seconds of recording time.
When I recharge the battery it starts at three lights, goes to four, but gives the 5 seconds of record time.
I read somewhere,as a last resort, to leave it charging for 24 hours even though the charger indicates as full. This time I did not get the flashing of the two left/two right side lights.
I am presuming the battery it dead.
Is there any significance in the two by two flashing lights?
I doubt that new batteries are being made and the only place I can find batteries in through some generic battery web site. Are these going to be just as old as the one I have?
I wonder if I going to purchase another dead one?
Many questions for one thread...