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Trouble recording to DV Tape

I am having trouble recording to, and playing from the DV Tape. I have successfully recorded to the MemoryStick more than once. I can also hear the mechanical mechanisms working while recording/playing, including the sound of FW/REV, so it seems that the those are not culprits. I saw a message regarding cleaing the head just once, but it never came on again. Any help on this would be appreciated.

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  • Islam Tawfik Apr 23, 2007

    Apri,
    I'd actually already done that, and it worked... but thanx for the input, after all you are the only one who showed interest in this issue!

  • Islam Tawfik Apr 23, 2007

    Also the tape itself was damaged, that helped fix the problem.

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Hello, cleaning the head and the tape path with cleaning tape is a good idea. Try it! If the cleaning does not help the video head is damaged. If you need more info please advice.

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