As said in the title I'm using a Sony Video 8 Handycam (CCD-FX300E). I'm not really used to using video 8 cameras so this is all quite new to me, but I'm having a few problems with the one I bought. It was listed as being in full working order so I'm not sure what the problem is. Basically, after charging the battery and placing it in place, the camera mode (in the power switch) will not work at all. It's completely black as if it were still turned off. When I switch to player, sometimes it's just a blank white screen (presumably because nothing has been recorded) with a flashing red light beneath (the manual says it lights up when recording but flashes when the tape or battery needs to be changed). At one point I was lucky enough to get some sort of picture to appear, but it was incredibly noisy to the point where I could barely make out anything. That's the only time I've ever been able to get some sort of picture on it. EDIT: Another detail to mention is that when ever I put the battery in and switch to camera mode, the screen turns on (same blank white picture) for a second then turns off with a click sound. I tried leaving the tape holder open last night (attempting to remove any condensation that may have occurred while it was being delivered), but I'm still facing the same problem. I've assumed it's down to the tape being faulty, as the camera came with three separate batteries, none of which have helped the camera to work, but I'd like to know for sure what the issue is before purchasing another one (though it's fair to say that it's most likely due to my incompetence with old tech). I'd really appreciate any feedback/help, thanks.