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Sony tcs-580V stopped running

My sony tcs-580V just stopped working- both with batteries and AC adaptor. the spindel doesn't move.

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Then again, the 580 does NOT have a variable speed feature, so you comment is quite useless, soundadvize.

It's too late for davidlandon, but for anyone else reading .... as long as it isn't working, there is no harm in taking off the cover and seeing what is keeping the spindle from turning.

If you can fix it - great! If you cannot - recycle it responsibly.

They are fairly common on eBay, if you want to replace it.

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The culprit on Sony's variable-speed playback units is often the variable speed control itself. Once this goes, there's little that can be done other than Sony repair. And given the age of this product, you may be better off replacing it.

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I have exact same problem, I got it to work temporarily by turning unit on then connecting AC adaptor into unit, it forced it to run, I formatted card and it worked for an hour now back to same old problem, I'll keep you informed. I believe it's faulty switch. help me if you can.

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Hello, My M-Audio microtrack 24/96 battery runs out so fast. What do I do? Is it time to change it? Is getting a new battery expensive? Do I not charge it long enough? I let it charge for at least 4 hours...


Similar problem to mine, and until I get my question answered, I can only propose a temporary solution.

Get a USB cable that fits the bottom small USB socket on your M-Audio Microtrack, but with a standard USB plug on the other end. Such a cable should have come with your Microtrack to begin with.

Replacement cables can be found at Best Buy, Radio Shack or most electronics stores or department stores. If the original cable is broken, please save it for reference to make sure you are getting the exact same type connectors when getting your replacement.

As I learned the hard way, not all small USB connectors are the same size, but APPEAR the same.

So, what are you connecting on the standard USB end?

A battery.

That's right, a rechargeable battery that features a power-only 5 volt USB receptacle. This will function as your A/C power adaptor does, only on the go.

The external rechargeable battery I use is a Black and Decker "Power to Go" unit that measures approx. 5 1/2"L X 3"W X 1" D.
It has both a low-draw two-prong AC (yes, it has an inverter and I never use it) and the desired 5V USB receptacle. You may find a better solution WITHOUT that A/C inverter. Just ask around for a rechargeable NmHh (better than NiCad) battery with a standard USB receptacle.

If the Microtrack's power is off when it is connected to the 5V power source (be it A/C power adaptor OR my proposed external battery), it will go into charge mode. With a fair amount of charge, remove the external power, and it boots up into operation. Then, re-connect the external power and your Microtrack is running and recording for a considerable longer time, depending on the charge and condition of your external battery.

Now, if one observes the LCD screen while running off of external power, the upper right corner box indicating the internal battery's charge shows "CHG" instead of the black square (Full charge) or half of the box in the form of a triagle (half charge) or any variation thereof as normaly indicated.

Someone might say, "But I don't want to have to carry around all this extra stuff! I want my old battery life back!"

Well, that's precisely how I feel as well.

But until you get your original lithium ion battery replaced (and at what cost for parts and labor?), you have to ask yourself if being an original condition purist is serving your situation well, or if this proposed add-on can get you by in the meantime.

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Generally speaking, there are two reasons this happens.

[1] tape recorders have to move tape past the record/playback heads at a highly consistent and accurate rate of speed. What makes this possible is a rubber "pinch" or pressure roller and a spinning metal spindle. Tape is routed between the roller and the spindle, and when the recorder is in RECORD or PLAY mode, the roller presses the tape against the spinning spindle, causing the tape to move from the feed reel to the takeup reel. When the pinch roller and/or the spindle become coated with oxide particles shed from old tapes, they get sticky and the thin tape will begin wrapping around one or the other. THE SOLUTION is to get some cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol and clean the oxide (brown from cheap tapes and dark gray from better tapes) from both of these parts.

[2] many tape recorders use rubber belts and pulleys to turn the feed reel and the takeup reel. If the tiny rubber belt that makes the take-up reel turn is stretched, it will not wind moving tape fast enough, which causes tape to bunch up. If this is the problem (you will not be able to see the belts without removing the recorder's outer case), then you might as well junk the recorder.

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