The simplest therefore most annoying problem imaginable: you put the cassette in the metal cradle on to the inside of the door. You push the door closed and... it pops open again. Whether loaded or empty, the door doesn't click when you push it closed and springs open again when you release the pressure. Can't see anything wrong with the catch (if that's what it is) although it's hard to see how it's meant to work. The button "push to close" on thr outside seems to do nothing at all! Perhaps a bit has fallen off? please help if you can.
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is it close without a cassette ? if so the reel sensor in the cassette compartment may be faulty. if the head drum not rotates the cassette drive will not work correctly, if so please loosen the head drum with a plastic rod or some tools like that. do not put your finger in hence sometimes will jam your finger. remember don"t touch the scanning chip of the head.
-make sure that your tape is clean and dry -clean the tape head inside the tape deck if you have a video head tape cleaner *tape head: the one that reads the tape inside the camcorder.its the metal thing at the bottom inside the tape deck. -or you can use a soft and dry Q-tip to clean it(dont use any liquid cleaners) *or if confused where the tape head is....just clean all metal parts inside the tape deck and make sure you do it lightly with a soft dry Q-tip.
I had the same problem. With the camera on, keep taking the battery off
and putting it back on. Start to close the door and then open it.
Eventually you should hear it try to move. Keep doing it and it should
move down all the way.
when mechanism pops out to eject, wait until it completly comes out, deattache battery immediately, and Pull lever as per below mentioned picture. Cassette door will be open and place cassette. Close it and attache the battery. Camera is ready to Record or Playback.
Just had this problem myself... called Sony. Here is what I did to fix this:
1. Turn off power 2. Open the LCD Display 3. Press "Reset" with paperclip/pen 4. Unplug ANY wires connected to the camcorder 5. Eject battery 6. Plug in DC charger 7. Power on 8. Attempt to eject tape 9. At this point, the metal tape holder comes out but refuses to open... slightly "close" the portion of the camcorder that has the button to eject the tape, and then open it fully again (you'll hear a click, this signals the device that the 'hatch' is open and to eject). 10. The metal door *should* pop out and allow you to withdraw the tape.
I've tried 4 different cassettes and about 2 seconds after hitting play, I get the error every time... my solution: Not going to try to play my tapes on the camcorder anymore... will find another player to play Hi8 MP cassettes. Unknown if able to record to tape as of yet.
This just happened to me today, apparently in my case it has something to do with condensation inside the camera, I don't know if this applies to you but at the moment I have the cassette slot open and in the sun, hopefully it will help, two hours apparently should do it. Give it a go, it can't hurt, I wouldn't put the actual cassette in direct sunlight though, so make sure you take that out.
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