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DCR-HC42 will not load Mini DV

We have a DCR-HC42, about 4 years old, used rarely.  Recently used to record a school event.  Worked fine, but now it will not load tapes.  With the mini DV inserted, the tray will not reload (or return inside the camcorder).  Works fine empty, but not with tape.  Any thoughts?  Many thanks, John Husson

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  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2008

    I have the same problem. I push on the,"Press Here" and it pops right back out. It dosn't stay in. Please help!

    Thanks!!


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Have you all tried using a new battery? It happened to me before where I would try and load the tape and the motor just hung and wouldn't allow the tape to fully go in. I tried to recharge the battery to see if that was the problem and even left it plugged in but camcorder appeared to still be weak. I think went to Wolf's camera and asked if I may if a bigger batter would feel weird with my current camcorder (I just said that so I could see if I could borrow a new battery and see if it would fix the problem). When I installed the new battery, it loaded the tape with no problems.

Try it and tell me if it solves the problem.

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