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Sony handycam lcd sez 'cover not open'

No image in lcd or viewfinder... sound is recorded but msg 'cover not open' flashes during record and no image is recorded when cover is closed msg 'cover not open' is present, not flashing there has been no trauma to the camcorder hve tried tapping the lens to open stuck iris (?) but nothing... is this one of those defective ccd that sony will fix w/o charge? or something more nefarious?

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Re: sony handycam lcd sez 'cover not open'

Had same issue. Appeared to solve it by turning off USB Streaming when not connected to pc.

Posted on Aug 18, 2007

Re: sony handycam lcd sez 'cover not open'

Maybe you have the wrong type of tape or check and change all of the settings to normal

Posted on Aug 08, 2007

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