Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
My Camera is asking for me to clean the video head.
I have bought a video head cleaning tape and have used it before with success.
However now, after following the instructiions given with the tape, the camera is still asking for the video head to be cleaned.
I have repeated the process but it hasnt worked.
i havent rewound the tape or anything and have just gone by the instructions.
does the video head need replacing or something?
Tape is by itself also abrasive so you might just try running a long length tape from the beginning to the end to see if that does the trick. If that does not do it then you either have a badly clogged video head or a bad unit. You might also want to consider using Carbon tet or equivalent chemical on head assembly.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Tape Cleaning on-screen warning
Have you tried using a different tape? Try using a sony tape if you've been trying with another brand. Sometimes they work only with their own, and it can just kick in. Could also have something to do with the battery. Try replacing. Do not let your Li-Ion batteries run all the way down before charging and do not charge them fully and let them sit idle. both of these things kill these types of batteries. Hope it helps
Posted on Apr 02, 2006
Yes you can clean the heads. It's a delicate procedure, but, requires no disassembly. But, I'm curious about your mention of "blurry spots." Typically, on a digital camera, the video when the heads are dirty, will either just appear as a white screen, or, will come out blocky and glitchy (like poor satellite reception). "Blurry" would result from a dirty lense or filter. However, to clean your heads, I would run to Radio Shack and buy cleaning fluid refils. Take a Qtip and dampen it with the cleaning fluid. Open the camera, remove the tape and look for the video drum. Lightly rub the Qtip along the drum horizontal to the spin direction (not across the grain). Turn the drum and clean until you have swept the entire circumference.
Posted on May 02, 2009
camera has bad tape loader and or bad tape sensors. sounds drastic but bang it a few times with the palm of your hand. if this doesnt work contact sony service center
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
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..
Posted on Jan 12, 2010
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