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E04 message At a certain point in playback, the picture stops and I get a flashing E04 message. Also, when I was recording on the same tape the other day, I got the same message. Hmmm, I am going to switch tapes. But I don't have the manuel anymore, and don't know what E04 means. thanks, Lisa

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  • Lisa Oswald Feb 09, 2007

    switching tapes didn't work and it sounds like some gears are not moving well



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Lisa, E04 is an error code which shows that one or both of the reels has stopped during play or record operation. We find that tapes with liquid contamination can stick to internal parts in the mechanism causing this error. Try another tape, if this does not resolve the problem something is defective in the tape transport. Good Luck to you! Joe Weibel

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    Joseph Weibel Feb 16, 2007

    Ooops, I see you tried another tape. If you press play and hold the tape door slightly open without triggering the eject switch, you will see what is causing the shutdown to occur. One or both of the reels are not turning. If the capstan is still turning and the takeup reel is not, then your video tape would be spilling out into the deck, the camera is simply protecting itself and your tape.




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