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He wants to play the tape, so it does not matter whether it is outdated or not.
Try other tape. If it works, then the tape is damaged. If does not, then try on another camcorder (ask friends). Try ebay, for $100 or less you should be able to buy a working DV camcorder.
When you get your setup working, ingest all tapes you have onto computer (do not re-encode into another format) and save files on two storage devices, preferably different physical types, like Blu-ray disc and external HDD.
Then you can dispose the camcorder ;-)