Camera won't charge/shows "replace cassette" window
This is a veteran machine that's worked well for nearly a decade. Recently the "replace cassette" window pops up and/or a low battery icon. For a while I reset the cassette and it seemed to help, but now the unit clearly doesn't have the power to open or shut the cassettebay. This is even after I replaced the battery. Full disclosure: new battery was a $20 Chinese-made Internet buy. First time hat to replace the battery. Orange light appears on the camera when sitting on the power stand. In my mind are the words, "Duh, $20 battery..." but, well...any comments?
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Try removing the battery and charging it. Then put the battery back on the camera. This will reset the cassette system. The cassette should open or close depending upon what status it is in. Once you get the camera to eject fully, clean your heads with a dry head cleaner cassette for Hi8 video. If your camera is still eating tape, could be a broken pin or damaged heads.
If the videos that show poorly were stored near a source of magnetism that may cause problems. If some work perfectly it is probably not the recorder. Try a test with anew cassette-record and playback, Unsure how to get faulty ones repaired if possible.
First I would suspect the record safety switch on the cassette. Look near one of the rear corners for a little red tab. If it's closed (covering the hole), then recording is disabled on that cassette. Is there any indication in the viewfinder that recording is disabled? Usually an icon like indicator showing a cassette with a circle and slash over it.
If that's not the case, you might have a problem with you're record switch. Try using the remote to do it if you have one.
Dew has condensed in the camera. Eject the cassette but leave the cassette door open.remove the battery . Borrow a hair drier . set it to optimum temperature(not vey hot but but hot enough to cause discomfort when blown on fingers). direct the hot air through the cassette compartment door for about five minutes. reattach the battery and reinsert the tape. Good Luck, Luwangula
The problem here is condensation inside the camera. I leave the camera turned off, remove the cassette tape and then point a hair drier on warm or low heat and slow speed right into the innards of the camera through the open cassette tape door. I run the hair dryer for 5 minutes and then replace the cassette. If the camera still dosen't work just wait for another 5 or 10 minutes and then it will work OK.
Take the battery out and turn selection switch to camera and then turn it off. Put the battery back in and its working again.
if that doesn't work try
Try smacking the side of the camera relatively hard with the palm of your hand. Eject the tape and reinsert. You may need to do this a couple of times.