I need help fast please!!!!! vx1000 is making a beeping noise when then ejects the tape
The tape mechanism is acting up. It allows you to load a tape but then it just ejects it and the camera beeps. This is not the typical "jammed" tape deck issue that these cameras have. I only used this camera 3 times before it went down, and all functions were working for me prior to the failure. Please i need help fast!!!!!!!
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The camera's firmware has sensed a jam or too slow rotation in the cassette's take-up roller. Really difficult to overcome. The tape may already be snarled round a roller, but is certainly in the "loaded" tape path. I've had this and had to disassemble the whole tape transport mechanism - which is really difficult - after trying unsuccessfully to drive the unload motor from an external 6v power supply. Sometimes a really hard sideways bang on the camera can free up the roller enough to let it rotate a bit, satisfy the motion sensor and allow an eject.
When a tape won't eject, the problem can be caused by several things. The most common problem is that the belt that operates the eject mechanism is slipping and not allowing it to eject the tape. This can be fixed by either using a re-grip solution on the belt or having the belt replaced. With the cover off (be careful not to touch anything live with power) and try loading and unloading a tape. Try to find the motor and belt which operates the loading mechanism. When it "catches" as you say, try moving the belt pulley with your finger to give it a little help and see if it continues on with the operation. If it does, the belt is probably slipping. It takes more effort on the belt & pulley during an eject sequence rather than the a load sequence, so it may load fine but have trouble ejecting. Gravity and the weight of the tape is why you may not have this problem during the load sequence.
It could be a couple of different issues. These things could help.
(1) Power OFF the camera, remove battery then replace the battery, power up the cam and try to eject tape again. Nothing? try...
(2) Gently press inward on the tape cover with both thumbs a few times. Then, while pressing gently inward with one hand, press the release/eject-tape function until you hear a click or release sound. Then, if it doesn't open automatically, gently "help" open the hatch.
If it remains stuck, after follwing these steps a few times it would be my guess that perhaps the camera has been dropped in a way that jammed the mechanism controlling the eject function.
TIPS that may prevent having eject problems: When loading tape, be sure to insert the tape correctly and slowly, makeing sure the tape is placed properly. Gently press on the specific location indicated to close the tape holder, and wait for the tape to "seat" properly before closing any other part of the tape cover or hatch mechanism. Taking a few extra seconds when loading the tape can save extended frustration later.
This can occur when the heads do not spin up fast enough or the loading does not complete. Check for slipping of the loading belt. There is more load placed on the loading motor and mechanism in total when the tape is actually there. The flashing Eject indicates that the load did not complete.
Don't think this is a complete solution, but it might help. Try checking out the buttons on the camera. I've got one of those same cameras but my problem is the ribbon cable in the cassette carrier broke and I'm on the hunt for a new one, and a service manual. By the way, how about emailing a copy of the service manual to me at email@example.com. Thanks. I might be able to help further with a copy of that.
Make sure the power is on this unit and you are pluged into a good source of power. The disk tray needs power to lower. A lot of tapes get loose in there case and need to be fast forwarded and then rewound completely in order to help spool them properly in their case. And what you are experiencing sounds a lot like this. It is also possible that you need to buy a head cleaning unit for your elura and run it in the camera for 10 secs and then try again. (Did you try this with a New tape? or just used ones?) We bought a small tape rewinding unit for around 39 dollars that helps us to rewind the mini DV tapes without adding wear and tear on our camera and it seems to help with the issue of loose tapes in the camera getting rejected as they won't wrap around the tape head as nice.
Does your camera make a buzzing sound as if it trying to eject? Or if you listen carefully can you hear the very faint sound of a motor free-spinning? I have just repaired a friends camera of a very similar model to yours with the same problem. There is a tiny motor in the tape compartment which comes loose from its "pathetic" mounting. This causes the gears to disengage and in turn renders the eject mechanism useless. The motor is in the bottom left hand corner (looking in as if loading a tape) right underneath the Player, off, camera selector. The motor simply needs to be repositioned to engage the gears. I then added some glue to stop it happening again (be extremely careful though as ANY overspill of glue will ruin the camera completely).