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No Picture, sound or anything during playback...

When ever I try to play a tape in my camcorder, all I get is the blue screen with nothing, lets just say when I press play, nothing happens and the tape acts like a blank tape, even though its filled up. Can someone help me?

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You have to rewind the tape, or else it won't play. Be sure to forward it back to its original finishing point when you're done though, or else it will record over the rest of the video.

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Cleaning cassette may help - if the picture comes back but soon goes blue screen ? your heads need thorough cleaning or replacement ;

Posted on Jul 31, 2007


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I have a blue screen during playback mode on my Sony DCR-HC32. I am not able to see anything I recorded. What should I do?

Follow this procedure to troubleshoot if a blue screen is displayed when attempting to playback video from the camcorder.
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it seems that some parts in your Cam are Dirty.
please try to use the head cleaner disk first.
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Even though my husband cleaned the head with a q-tip and alcohol, I decided to purchase a cleaning tape. I popped it in and it worked in less than 15 seconds! It was expensive, $18, but not nearly expensive as a new camera!

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That's dirty video head! Try to playback new tape for five minutes, do it for 2 to 3 times, this will serve as your videohead cleaner. eject then reinsert then playback, eject again for at least 3 to five times. most camera has a built in videohead cleaner that activates during eject, initial play and reinsert mode. you can even try to play the whole blank tape! thats 1 to 2 hours of playback! If the problem is still there after doing those things, you need pro fix then.

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Hai, Clean Video Head with Head cleaning Cassatte & check the picture. udupi M/s.Prathiksha Electronics

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Only thing I can think is the tape may be blank. :) GOOD LUCK

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