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Sony vx2100...blue playback screen

After multiple camcorder notification of dirty head over a couple of months. Throwing away old cleaner tapes and purchasing a new head cleaner tape...Still having gray bars on video playback, I tried cleaning the head with a cotton swab and "fluid" from a liquid head cleaner, which came with the vx2100 at purchase. After cleaning the head with the cotton swab and fluid...letting it dry...the camcorder only gives a blue screen on play back. It does not record video either. Used a new tape and it would not playback only blue screen in both vx2100 and another miniDV camcorder.

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Chris Folsom

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    Any Guy May 11, 2010

    If you have used a dry cleaning tape repeatedly, you have to understand how that type of cleaning tape works. Dry cleaners are often called "burnishers" and they work by polishing the tiny tips of the video head and removing small amounts of material to open the microscopic gap that is in the head. That gap is necessary to read the magnetic information off the tape. When the gap gets filled with oxide from the tape, you get a clogged video head and it doesn't read the information off the tape anymore. By using a dry tape repeatedly, you have likely polished the tips down till they are completely worn out. When the microscopic gap is polished past a certain point, it will widen and no longer read the information. The gap is precision machined because a certain sized gap is needed to read the information. too much either way (too wide or too narrow) and it ceases to work. Bottom line, you'll need the drum, which is the cylinder that spins with the tiny tips attached, replaced. Not a job for a consumer, you'l;l need a tech to do if for you. Sorry.

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In either case the head condition is bad.. pls inspect the tips on the head whether it is not damaged in the cleaning.inspect the drum hours also..

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