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Sony dcr-hc40e My camera will not toggle between playback and record. Most of the time when I try to record using the record start stop button it toggles between playback etc. (the things that should be controlled by the side mode toggle). Sometimes the mode toggle will not toggle or even turn off. The memory stick duo light flashes when charging, but the charging light does not. In short it seems to have a mind of its own which is a pain as I have a 2 month old daughter I'd like to video! I have tried a fresh battery as that is all I think I can sensibly do without wrecking the camera. Any suggestions much appreciated.

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SOURCE: Sony CX-12 Camcorder gives message when memory stick inserted

This is a feature and not a defect of the CX-12 that reminds the user that the memory stick inserted might not be able to record the data from the camera effectively. HD video requires a memory stick with a relatively fast data read/write speed, and the CX-12 recommends not using any other stick that is not Mark 2.
Fortunately, though, as you have found out, it does not affect the camera's ability to record in non-Mark 2 sticks.
Hope this helps!

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

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SOURCE: Sony Handycam Dig 8 doesn't recognize tape when trying to record

If it has memory stick, Make sure your memory stick is in. Your memory stick is full. Delete the unwanted pictures from the memory stick or use a differnt biger memory stick.

I looked in the manual. It seems your camcorder does not have a slot for memory stick. But you may still save pictures on the tape. Here is the link to download the manual

Please read Page 40 "recording picture on the tape".

GOOD LUCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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SOURCE: What memory stick works in the DCR-TRV340 Sony Handycam?

Mine says msa-4a. the duo sticks won't work. You will the larger older memory sticks

Posted on Apr 26, 2010

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SOURCE: the toggle button on my sony dcr-dvd301 doesn't

If you are handy with electronics stuff repair and can take apart camcorder then can replace toggle switch in Sony DCR-DVD103 camcorder, it is mounted on JS-031 board, its small circuit board that is easy to get replaced by taking off side cabinet. JS-031 board part number is as follows:

A1070102A ..... JS-031 BOARD, COMPLETE
Available in for $37
Hope these info will help you.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010

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