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Sony CCD-TR82 Handycam: Won't Load Tape

Camera's tape transport mechanism works properly in that it opens and closes the tape compartment as it should, when no tape is inserted. If a tape is inserted and the carriage pushed to the closed/load position the motor(s) can be heard running but nothing moves until the carriage pops out to the fully open position again.

Once the tape is removed from the camera and the carriage again pushed to the closed/load position the carriage moves to its play/record position and the carriage cover can be closed. The viewfinder displays the up facing arrow with a bar beneath which, according to the owner's manual indicates "some other trouble has occurred."

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  • beamer53 Dec 26, 2008

    I have same problme - plus camera is "eating" the tapes (tape rolls out of cassette and is twisted). Hasa solution been found? bobupthecreek@yahoo,.com

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    I have a similar problem, insert tape and all I get is a blank (white) screen with the arrow and bar blinking. The camera is kind of obsolete and I'm only planning on using it to convert my tapes to digital format. Also, can't seem to locate my manual. The drive motor whirrs when tape is initially loaded, just will not play, or, record. As a last resort, I'm wondering if there is some place where you can rent or buy a cheap a Hi 8 tape player.



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Sony F77's are known for bad power supply circuit boards. I have one that powers up enough to eject or insert a tape but will do nothing else. Recently I took it to a repair shop. Paid $30 to have it diagnosed but elected not to pay the extra $164-$215 to have the board rebuilt.

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