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My Pentax Movie 8 has been in the closet since 1989 and runs the tape but will not play back those old tapes,just "snow" Also when I switch to "camera" it runs for a few seconds then shuts off power. Have the tapes gone bad and where can I get them checked and transcribed to DVD. I am in S. California thanks Richard

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SOURCE: Hitachi DV-PF33U DVD Player / VCR Combo

It sounds like the sensor to tell the microcontroller that the tape is moving is not working. If that is so, the VCR would probably do the same thing in FF or Rewind. If you end up taking this unit into a repair shop, have them check the DVD's software version (it should be 1.250) If below that number, have them upgrade that as well. You can check the version yourself by pressing 1,2,3,4 and then "display" on the remote while the unit is on and no disc in DVD. After noting the version, just hit "power" on the remote to exit this mode.

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SOURCE: Pentax Optio W20 digital camera

I found a step by step manual for this operation. I hope it helps you get to transferring movies. http://www.pentaximaging.com/files/manual/OptioW20_pc_web.pdf

Posted on Sep 04, 2007

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SOURCE: Digital camera

I had almost similar problems with my A10 from day one. The camera shuts down before the battery is depleted, most of the time while I was operating the zoomlens. I bought a new battery, but that didn't solve it. Later I decided to take it apart as a last option. As my suspicion was the zoomlens I took out two crews of the motor that operates it. Now the motor has a bit more space to move. It seemed to be too tight against the gears so it could cause an overload. After that it worked perfectly. I made pictures for hours without having the same fault again. Be carefull too make notes where all the tiny screws belong of the casing. And maybe it will be enough to just loosen the motorscrews, but leaving them out will not make it fall out of it's place. I hope someone can use this information.

Greetings, Ron Timmermans.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008

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SOURCE: I have an old Sony

Try to use video head cleaning cassette one more time and check. Problem still exist then....
There is a very special cassette used to clean much dirty video heads calls Lapping Tape.
This is provided only to Sony Service Centers.
You need to contact nearest Sony Service Center.

Posted on Oct 06, 2008

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SOURCE: VHS tape plays for a few seconds and automatically ejects

My guess would be dirt on the rollers inside the VCR. They sesnse a jam and ejct. Try a VCR cleaner (with cleaning fluid) and see if that helps.

Posted on Feb 21, 2009

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