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The sound quailty is very grainy and comes out very quiet when you playback a clip. I can't seem to find the volume control anywhere. I've brought this camcorder as it had very good reviews and I want to take it on my honeymoon. Please help, if it has no volume control, then it is no good to me! how do I turn the volume on the camcorder up?

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SOURCE: very grainy playback

Same problem with my Sony CCD-TR416 recently. Know what finally worked? With camera playing a tape, I picked up the camera and tapped it sharply on a solid desktop. Had to do it 3 times. I held the camera with two hands, one on each side of the camera, raised it about 3 to 5 inches off the desktop and then quickly tapped it on the desk holding the camera parallel to the desktop so that it solidly hit with all of the lower surface of the camera body.

I know it sounds crazy. I swear it worked. I had tried cleaning the heads over and over. I examined them with a 20x loupe and they looked fine. I doubt that the problem was oxide and debris build-up on the heads.

I planned to order a new head/drum just to see if I could manage the replacement procedure by myself (I'm a chronic do-it-yourselfer/experimenter). I guess I don't need to do that now.

Why did the slam technique work? My guess: Inside the rotating head, there must be some sort of electronic track like the brushes of a motor or something similar.. Some sort of debris must have been involved in a corruption of the transfer of impulses from the heads. A few taps and it broke free.

If banging it on the desk didn't work, I was next planning to remove the drum to check for bad connections. I'm sorry I didn't have to do that.

Nevertheless, don't listen to everyone when they say that the "heads must be dirty." Nope. With the loupe, I could see mine were sparkling clean. But, I still had those multiple horizontal rows of short white streaks obliterating the video image. Tap. Tap. Tap. Now they're gone.

Try it. Couldn't hurt. Though chances are, you won't see this. I'm posting 6 months after your original post. I just happened upon your post as I researched the problem through Google. Neverthelss, someone might see my response someday and maybe they, too, will get luck with the tap, tap, tap procedure.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

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SOURCE: no sound on playback

I think, built-in small speaker is not working. try to replace it.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008

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SOURCE: vivitar 550 dvr camcorder will not charge

A charger kit can be purchased from the following link:


Click the link here to find the charger/battery kit.

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

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SOURCE: no sound on playback

The S-video cable carries picture only. You need to also hook up RCA audio cables from the camcorder to the TV

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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