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This is usually caused by an oxidized, misaligned or defective Audio/Video drum. You can try running a cleaning tape through the camera. If this does not solve the problem the camera will need to be serviced by a qualified service technician.
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My MV830 would load without a cassette; but freeze, beep 3 times and eject if a cassette was inserted. I read the following thread with a great deal of scepticism and concern that I would damage my MV830 camcorder even more; but what did I have to lose? I loaded the compartment without a cassette, hit it firmly 3 times on the tape loading side and the issue was gone. It now works perfectly! Technology is fantastic... http://www.fixya.com/support/t238707-will_not_load_tape
The way I can get a tape unjammed on my Sony camera is to remove the
battery, plug the camera into the AC charger that is plugged into the
wall outlet. Then power the camera on, wait a few seconds. Then unplug
the charger from the outlet, wait a few more seconds (camera still in
"on" position) and then plug it back in. I have used this method at
least 3 times to get the camera to release the tape and finally eject. However, the tape is usually pulled or stretched and I use a small flat head screwdriver to wind the tape back in, but expect that portion of the video to be ruined.
Often in this situation there are two issues that can casue the problem you are having.
1. The tape is casuing the camera to "reject" it. In other words, it thinks there is something wrong with the tape so it is warning you with the error message. Perhaps the cassette has been damaged slightly. This error can also happen when the tape has been used often or taped over a few times.
Solution: Try using a new tape.
2. The camera may need to be cleaned. The recording heads may be dirty and it doesn't matter what tape is placed in there. Purchase a cleaning tape from a consumer electronics store. Make sure you read the directions very carefully.
These are cheap fixes. If it works, great. Otherwise it may need to be serviced by your local technician. Let me know how it goes.
When you say you're "using a tape for a while", can you define "while"?
The thing about these little cameras is that they don't like to re-use DV tapes. If you are recording over tapes that have previously been recorded on, then your camera could be fussy about that.
You can clean the heads, but if the tape is dirty, then it will transfer that dirt back to the heads and youp;ll end up in the same position. The problem is, that the heads will wear out if you clean them to often. In the long run, it's best to use new, clean tapes.
And when you are using the tape cleaner, make sure you are following the directions very carefully.