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Tape ejects and won't load back, even after cleaned

I have a similar problem on this same camcorder model, my camcorder will spit out the tape-carriage mechanism and won't close up again, saying 'error' on the screen. (I think it was F4) Even after using a head cleaner, it does it. Once in awhile it works. Any ideas how much it costs to get these things cleaned and repaired? It's probably cheaper to get a new one, but I NEED it, to be able to copy off all my tapes to my computer into DVDs, so I HAVE to get it fixed, or fix it myself. (I can do some things like that.) Any help appreciated, Tabitha.

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E03            TU & SUP REEL FG



In the case no REEL FG is produced for 4 seconds

or more in the capstan rotation mode after

loading was complete, the mechanism mode

is shifted to STOP with the pinch roller set off.

This error is defined as [E03].

However, no REEL EMG is detected in the




1. The idler gear does not engage with the reel disk well.

2. Though the idler gear and reel disk are engaged with

each other, the tape is not wound because of overload

to the mechanism.

3. No FG pulse is output from the reel sensor.

4. No power is supplied to the reel sensor.

5. Tape transport operation takes place with a cassette

having no tape inside.

6. The tape slackens and no pulse is produced until the

slack is taken up and the tape comes into the norma

Posted on Oct 27, 2007

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SOURCE: JVC Camcorder Model # GR-D270U

On page 51 of your manual, it states that an error has occurred and recommends resetting it by removing your battery, waiting a few minutes to clear it, and then resuming. If that doesn't clear the issue, then it may need servicing.

J. DeRuvo
Digital Camcorder HQ

Posted on Dec 04, 2007

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SOURCE: head cleaning required

i have the JVC MiniDV Digital Video Cleaning Cassette. I began having trouble when I was shooting DV24P and when I went to playback I noted audio dropouts. I'm using SONY Premium DVM60 tapes. I began having Head Cleaning Required message. I have ran the Cleaning Cassette and the message disappears, but even trying a brand new tape, switching to DV playback i get the error message. Luckily, the shoot i was on the master audio was being captured by a secondary device and we were able to simply use the video from my camera. Since then, I was able to play & capture both the video & audio previously recorded in HDV30P and I didnt receive an error message. Now though I cannot record any DV audio without dropouts. When I tested just moments ago, I was able to record HDV and both video & audio were clean, but during playback I still received the Head Cleaning message. Is the record head different from the playback head? Can you manually clean the heads by removing the plastic door cover with a lintfree cotton swab and rubbing alcohol (obviously disconnecting and removing all power & powering off prior to cleaning), the same way any previous machine heads were cleaned in our stations? I think I may have got a batch of bad tapes that may have gunked up one of the heads some where and its getting missed by the cleaning tape. Is is possible that the head has been scratched, and will require replacement. If yes, is there any way to look at the head and detect this?

Posted on Oct 10, 2008

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SOURCE: unit in safeguard mode

Please remove and reattach battery and hope this will resolve 03 error issue in your JVC camera.

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

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SOURCE: Tape ejects on a JVC GR-D275U camcorder but will not autoclose

Threw it in the trash can a bought a Kodak

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