The video machine bleeps continually and shows a message E-3
My Panasonic time lapse video machine has sat in my cupboard doing its job of videoing my back garden for over ten years.
About every six months I change the tape.
It has now started bleeping continually.
I tried putting a new VHS tape in and the machine chewed it.
The message on the screen says E-3.
Should I get the video machine repaired or throw it away.
Re: The video machine bleeps continually and shows a...
I think the E3 error code indicates an error with the tape drive mechanism. If it ate a tape, this would indeed be the problem. Time Lapse VCR's are not very popular anymore, everything has gone to digital. It would most likely cost you more to fix that VCR than to switch out to a digital recorder.
Other advantages are -
No tape to change
Very good recorded image quality compared to VCR
Most digital units have capability for remote viewing over the internet
You can set the unit to "alert" you if there is movement in the garden
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If your monitor is showing 'video loss' on each of the eight camera windows then the problem lies between the camera connections on the back of the Recorder and each camera. Without knowing what partially uninstalled means the troubleshoot process would be: 1. Use a voltmeter and check the camera power supply(s) line adapter where it splits to feed the cameras for full voltage- your unit should show 12Volts DC. Lack of voltage here and the cameras will not have power and cause 'no video' to the recorder.
2. Check the recorder menu to make sure that all camera inputs are turned on and are set to record. 'Covert' or hidden screens may not be viewed on a monitor but might show 'loss of video'.
3. It's highly unlikely that all cameras would fail at the same time so 1) if there is power and good video cable connections at the cameras, the next check would be to : 2) check each video connection into the back of the recorder and make sure that they are on camera "input", and not on a 'loop out' terminal by mistake.
If the above checks do not determine the fault, you would have to somehow feed a known good video signal into one of the camera inputs on the recorder and then troubleshoot the recorder.
If you repost what you have confirmed working we can re-assess.
First you need to isolate the problem. Step one - make sure the video from the cameras is correct - use a monitor and check each input separate. If the video is correct, use one camera and start from input one on the DVR and check all inputs - in other words plug your camera in input 1, check for video to make sure is correct and shows up in the right place, than go to input 2. This way you check your DVR cards. If the video shows up, but in the wrong place - check the settings on the DVR - you might be able to change the physical input in the viewer.Or you might have a bad DVR.......do a search for DVR Doctors in Google - in case you need repair.
the first line of troubleshooting for this is to check your power and video connections on both ends of the cabling. ensure that the connections are tight and the fittings appear to be of decent quality and in good physical condition. If this does not solve, continue to replace power supply, if noy joy still, camera is at fault.
it sounds as if you need the video and sound heads along with the tape travel path cleaning properly ie:remove the top cover and clean manualy PS:this should only be done if you have experiance as proper lint free clothes and cleaning fluid has to be used or you completely ruin the heads and these are expensive.
but you can buy a head cleaning tape and there are two types wet or dry i suggest through being in the trade for over 50yrs that yow use the wet one follow the insttructions on th box.you may have to do it 2 or 3 times if ithaevey soiled PS the heads get soilddue to particles of tape being left each time you use the machine. hope this helps .tv ****
The tape drive mechanism is defective. Most likely a jam in the roller track. It will cost more to repair than the unit is worth. 99% of all Time Lapse VCR's have been switched out with digital recorders. You can get a basic DVR for about 1000.