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Tape rejection I see someone else had this problem posted in feb this year but no solution was suggested so I will try again. i have a Sony PC 101e handy cam and it will not accept any tapes any more it just keeps rejecting them. Any ideas?

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Re: Tape rejection

It might be the dew sensor, try blowing it shortly with hot air using hair dryer, if the same entire mechdeck should be replaced. thanks

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I am not the person who made any suggestion to you. I happened to see your post when reading on this site.

When this type of problem ocures in any of the camcorders, this means that there is usually a mechanical fault with the loader mechanism. Another cause can be that there is a sensor fault with either a tape position sensor, or with the electronics that operates with the sensors, and the tape loader mechanism. If there is a servo fault the loader will also be commanded by the uPC to eject the tape.

Because of the way the camcorder is constructed and its sophistication, this is not something you can fix yourself. The electronics are mostly all SMD technology, and the mechanical parts are very fine as like in a mechanical wrist watch.

I would suggest that you get in touch with the manufacture service rep to arrange to have an estimate for repair. The service cost is not cheap for these types of devices. The work is time consuming and the replacement parts can be expensive. Get an estimate for service before making any decisions.

You may find that servicing your unit when it is out of warranty may not be worth the cost. If your unit is more than a few years old, you must consider that it may pay to get a new unit.

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