When I load a tape and hit play I get an error 20. I cant get it to play. I tried what the other post suggested and no luck. Now I am getting an error 90 as soon as I power up.
This was a great machine and is in great condition
except it doesnt work :).
I would like to fix it so I can dump all my Hi 8 footage to a drive and then I plan to sell it.
Any ideas about where I can get the deck at a resonable rate? I am in the SF bay area.
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I have had this error on my 3 year old Sony A1E and it has resulted in glitched picture and audio, despite not showing a poblem whilst recording. It came up with C:31:23 error. Start of the tape seemed ok and the end seemed to get pixellated. A friend said the PD170 had the same issue and had to have her tape heads changed. I've tried cleaning mine but problem still there. I'm looking at getting new NXCAM as I've spent a lot of money last year getting it fixed.
Hi, according to the symptom you don't need reset, This problem is related to the loading tape path which is mechanically unstable, that's why problem arise, For your convenience please see the given below pic of SELF DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM to understand better.
Your camera needs just mechanical adjustment by any expert, contact any expert nearby or from Sony for mechanical adjustment, this will solv the problem. Thanks for using fixya.
Error 20 is "Cassette compartment motor lock" this is meaning the cassette loading mech is not accepting the tape It could be miss-aligned in it's position or one of the sensors is defective or the motor is bad
I was having the exact same problem with my sony handycam. I actually came across this website looking for the answer and noticed many people having the same problem but there was no solution to it.
I just happened to go to the sony website and decided to watch the tutorial on setting the camera back to the factory settings. It actually fixed the problem! I don't know if this will work for everyone or even how long it will work, but I figured it was worth a try. Good luck!
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.
From what i've read an Error-20 on a Sony BSP deck is a tape transport problem. Someone with the same error code (on a BSP model) said the actual tape loading mechanism was bad and they had to replace the hardware inside the machine that loads and ejects the cassette.
I got the dreaded reinsert tape message today and i thouht that my video taping days were over. i then made my way to this page and saw this. whack it three or four times and it will work. at first i thought what a load of crap but i tried it anyways... being really mad at the time, i showed my camera no mercy. i took out the tape and gave it 4 hard hits with my palm, put the tape back in and it worked. thanks alot, this works