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Head cleaning My Sony Z1 stopped recording & told me to clean the heads. However when I insert the head cleaner it says "reinsert casette" with yhe numbers 31.42 flashing alongside. Can u pse help

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Error C31:42 it means FG fault during normal drum operations. Some it happen when ur head drum is Video head is dirty.Here if u try to cleaning tape it will not work. So u need to open the compartment clean manualey with the cleaning cloth which u have to buy from Sony

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Use good quality video head cleaning cassette as camera gives error if use improper or very old tape.

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