Hello. I am new here. I have been searching everywhere for an answer to my problem with my Panasonic PV-53D. Hopefully someone here can help. I turn my camcorder to the "VCR" setting to try to play a tape. The LCD comes on, blue screen, everything seems to be normal, but I can perform no functions. It will no play, rewind, anything. The indicator light also stays on and flashing. There is no indicator message on the screen indicating that something might be wrong. The same thing happens when I switch it to "CAMERA" mode. The LCD comes on, as the viewfinder, the time is on, everything... only I can not record, and the indicator light is again, still flashing. Is this a common problem? Has anyone experienced a similar one? I find this highly frustrating considering I bought the camera back in September of 2004 and have used it a maximum of 4 times, at 30 minute intervals. The rest of the time it has been stored in it's box, undisturbed. please help!