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How to find out how many hours of use are on the heads

How do i find out how many hours of use my camera's heads have on em?

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Select the last item the menu list (others)... select hours meter and that is it...

Posted on Jan 12, 2010

  • Rarius Sep 09, 2011

    This information is actually incorrect for the VX-2100. There IS a meter built into it, and the keying sequence to access it is located in the inner panel where a lot of the user-controlled settings are... Unfortunately, I could only view the reverse side of the camera while the technician was checking it for me, so I have no idea what it is... Can anyone help?

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I get the error code C:31:42 How can I correct it?


The C:31 42 error code can represent a variety of issues, including moisture on the head and a dirty head. To start: try removing the tape, leaving the camera open in a dry place for an hour. You could even try using a fan. Make sure the power is off.

After an hour:

Then try putting the tape back in the camera and try recording/playing again.

If that does not work it may require that you use a head cleaner in your camera. You can get one at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Sony-V825CLD-Camcorder-Cleaning-Cassette/dp/B00005TQKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1299295358&sr=8-1

If those solutions do not work, you can also try a hard reset on the camera, which will wipe all of your settings and set everything back to 0.

Good luck!

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Video heads clogged - don't get cleaned with cleaning cassette


This needs to be solved at the shop if your product is under warranty.
ESLE
If you are adept at opening gadgets do this
Get a bottle carbon tetra chloride
Dip an end of ear buds and clean the heads without touching any plastic parts. Carbon tetra choloride dissolves plastic. The head look like a small "_" on the cylinder. There will be 2 of them
Babdi

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Images not recording


I have a sony 14E and suddenly it stopped playing and recording. With vertical lines on the screen I knew to clean the heads. No effect on the recording/playing malfunction.

However I persevered and it seems to have worked in it is now recording and playing back. The steps I suggest, with PERSEVERANCE, are :
1. Clean the heads (I did it 3 times in all, with about 1 hour between each session);
2. Leave the camera open (tape section) for about 2 hours and put the camera (with or without tape) in a warm place. (I also had condensation messages).
3. Once it is warm put in a recorded tape and attempt to view it. At first I had "dirty" vertical lines for a few seconds but it cleared and played normally.
4. If Step 3 still does not work repeat 1 and 2. As I said PERSEVERE.
If Step 3 works then try to record. It should work hopefully. If not, repeat 1 and 2 (shortening the "Warm Up" time).
Good luck. I hope mine continues to work OK now. It is to do with dirty heads and coldness I think.

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Panasonic HVX200 will not play back tape


Your playback heads might be clogged. I am not sure if this camera with give you a RF warning if your record heads get clogged. Also most professional machines drums are rated at 1000 - 1500 hours before they need to be replaced. If you are at 500 and never cleaned the heads it is time to. Run a cleaning tape a few times.

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Dew Detected message


When the camera's circuits detect condensation on the tape heads, this message is shown and the camera shuts down. This is to prevent damage to tapes, that could stick to the damp head.  It is recommended to leave the camera in a warm and dry place until sufficient time has elapsed for the condensation to evaporate. This may be several hours. Do not leave the camera anywhere too warm that is likely to damage it, like on a stove or radiator.  This issue is commonly caused by moving the camera from the cold outdoors, into the warmth of indoors. If the symptoms persist, the head may be dirty. try a head cleaner cassette, or failing that, return for service.

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Tried all advices but no solution...


cleaning with rubbing alcohol may have aggravated your problems - rubbing alcohol contains glycerin, which may tend to worsen the connections. to clean the connectors, use only _denatured_alcohol or electrical contact cleaner. the only connectors I have had to clean are the two leading to the video head.

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FUJIX-8 F60wide eats tapes when I rewind


You should e able to use any head cleaner, as long as it is the right size for you camera, but that is deffinitely your problem.

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Not recording


What camera are we talking about here? Have you tried resetting the camera?

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Tape Won't Load


try this quick fix. check and see if the video head is bound. I have seen alot of these stick. put your figure on the top edge of the head only and see if is free spinning on not. sometimes you can more it one way or the other and free it up. this problem could also just require a tape path cleaning. anything sticky on the tape path or head will cause this.

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Problem with sound during playback


do not used that cleaning cassette it will ruin your video head...cause the cleaner is very rough....just forward a blank new tape for cleaning...the problem of your camera is the tape alignment...

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