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MESSAGE ON SCREEN

Mini dv model no GR-D31EKon the screen all i get is the message
condensation operation paused

how do get rid of this i have pressed every button but its still there

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  • dannyboys43 Dec 30, 2008

    the repair shop want £200 to fix this problem a new cam is only £100 if the hair dryer doe's not work then the cam will become a doorstop

    many thanks for the help what a gr8 site

  • worpydooley Feb 07, 2009

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Since water inside of these is a bad thing, these units contai a "dew sensor" that will prevent the loading of the tape if a "wet" condition exists. This can happen if the camera is cold and the room you are in is warm. The humidity on the air will condense onto the camera internals and cause this to occur. Try ejecting hte tape, leaving the compartment open and point a hair dryer at it. Keep the hair dryer a bit away from the unit, you don't want to heat it up, just get some warm air inside to evaporate the "dew".

If that fails to resolve the problem, the sensor itself may be defective and need to be replaced.

Keep us posted.

Dan

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

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