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Sony DCR-HC44 cannot load a tape

I have a DCR-HC44 that cannot load a tape. the cassette compartment is in thread end position. when the cassete compartment door is put in tape eject position , the cassette compartment will open. when it is closed it remains in the unthread end position and does not load the cassette. Ive tried driving the loading motor manually to the thread end position. In this case when the cassette compartment door is opened , it unthreeds normally, but when the cassette compartment is closed it will not thread.
Please help me with a solution to this.

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  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2009

    Our problem is, we have a hard time closing the tape recorder into its normal position thus we cannot used it until now.

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This is a tape transport problem and is expensive to fix. Unless you know a cheap tech, it's time for a new one. Be patient loading and unloading tapes. This is usually what causes this problem. The Yellow warning sticker is REALLY important. Another important item is to always use the same brand of tape because switching tapes causes a gummy build-up the makes tapes get caught in the machine.
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Posted on Jan 08, 2008

SOURCE: Canon MV800i tape would not eject.

Put pedalfoot in camera, shake vigorously.

Posted on May 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Canon zr300 ejects tapes

I just tried the "Fonzie" fix in my ZR300 and my camera now works - cassette compartment closes all the way now with the tape inserted. It just took one "hit" to fix the prolem. I was surprised. But ericemartin's solution is worth a try.

Posted on May 28, 2008

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SOURCE: TAPE COMPARTMENT KEEPS POPPING OPEN

I Had The Same Issue And Fixed It :o) I Have A Sony Handycam CCD F-730A 8mm. I put the tape in and close it but it would not load the tape down. It just pop back out. If I took the tape out, it works perfectly and would loaded the tape doc down and close.

1st: I unscrewed and removed the door to the tape. Where the tape can be seen. 2 screws hold it down. Without the tape inside. I Saw a Clear Small Plastic in the inside of the camera where the tape sits on each side. On Both Sides, Left and Right are clear plastic like sensors. They look Like Glass and are small.

2nd: I Cleaned them both with a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol. It Worked. The tape loaded and worked nicely.

It was strange. If i touched one of the small glass like sensors. the mechanism the loede the tape would not work. When The Glass sensor was blocked by the tape or just by my finger in front of it, it would not load. Very strange.

Bluelikealex :o)

Posted on Dec 02, 2009

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is tape in right way??

Posted on May 19, 2010

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Sony HDR models that the carriage won't close is caused by the mode switch on the chassis. The mode switch controls the cameras function for loading and loading of the cassette. Basically tells the electronics what is happening. This becomes dirty and causes the chassis not to complete it's cycle on eject. Thus staying open. It has no idea where the mechanism is at this time. It can be cleaned and realigned but the chassis needs to be removed to get at it. Definitely a service depot repair. Sorry!

Posted on May 02, 2011

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