thanks for your response i have been to the sony store, they did not have a h series battery but assured me that a v series would work in the h.
so we tried the v series battery and unfortunatly that too displayed the same message. they then said that sony had a standard service charge for any repairs at £170 and for £200 i can have a better spec high def handy cam, which is obviusly a no brainer if i am prepared to spend the money.
on arriving home with nothing to loose my inquisitve side took over and i decided to dismantle the camera as there appeared to be some corrosion on the battery holder conection piont and wanted to see if there was any evidenc of water damage inside, so after dozens of screws and many complex parts i reached where i intended and saw no visible signs of damage i even managed to put it back together without being left with lots of screws.
i then turned it on and the message was slightly delayed, with that i tried cleaning the connection piont with small screwdriver this time it appeared to be cured but after one minute the message was displayed again and is now displaying imediatly as before despite numourus cleaning attemps.
so evidently i was close but unable to identify the problem, i would like to find somewhere to pirchase internal parts of my camera becuase if it can be repaired the parts must be purchasable however i cannot find them.
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