Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Hello, I've had the same problem with 2 Sony DV cams... TRV 900 and newer HC85. After a couple years of use, the video display and the output to my computer have colored bars across the screen and audio stops working. The moving video can be viewed between the colored horizontal bars while playing back on the camera and my computer. Both of these cameras have been used at hot tropical beaches and to record ski and snowboard footage in sub zero temps in the mountains. My hunch is that extreme temps and moisture have caused problems... question is, can it be fixed?

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  • sales939 Feb 23, 2009

    Last time I did that, the Sony dealer said I needed a new 'motherboard' to the tune of $500. I went for it, since that camera cost $5000. The fix worked for a short time, then the colored stripes came back and audio stopped working. With camera prices under $500 nowadays, fixing isn't really a very good option. Can you tell by this symptom what is causing the problem?

  • sales939 Feb 23, 2009

    The horizontal bars on not gray, they are color. Is there some way to post a photo of the display on this site so you experts can see it?

  • sales939 Feb 23, 2009

    Can a technitian tell what the problem is by viewing the colored horizontal bars on the camera LCD?

  • sales939 Feb 24, 2009

    Hello, I've had the same problem with 2 Sony DV cams... TRV 900 and newer HC85. After a couple years of use, the video display and the output to my computer have colored bars across the screen and audio stops working. The moving video can be viewed between the colored horizontal bars while playing back on the camera and my computer. Both of these cameras have been used at hot tropical beaches and to record ski and snowboard footage in sub zero temps in the mountains. My hunch is that extreme temps and moisture have caused problems... question is, can it be fixed?Comment posted on Feb 23, 2009
    Last time I did that, the Sony dealer said I needed a new 'motherboard' to the tune of $500. I went for it, since that camera cost $5000. The fix worked for a short time, then the colored stripes came back and audio stopped working. With camera prices under $500 nowadays, fixing isn't really a very good option. Can you tell by this symptom what is causing the problem?Comment posted on Feb 23, 2009
    The horizontal bars on not gray, they are color. Is there some way to post a photo of the display on this site so you experts can see it?Comment posted on Feb 23, 2009
    Can a technitian tell what the problem is by viewing the colored horizontal bars on the camera LCD?

  • sales939 Feb 24, 2009

    Scoured the web and not finding any firmware. Would expect Sony site to have firmware if it was available. Any ideas?

  • sales939 Mar 02, 2009

    Solution was to use head cleaner... working like a charm now!

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If there is a firmware flash for that camera... reflash it

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HI,

Thank you for choosing Fixya.com

yes it can be fixed.
just go to the specialist technician and tell to thme what happen to your cam.
correct me if i am wrong some parts of your cam are damage and need to be open to look.
If we don't have proper tools we can't do it by our own.

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

  • Mark Milan silaran
    Mark Milan silaran Feb 24, 2009

    Hello Their Again,



    If you are near of any sony store probably they will have a technician ready to help you for your problem if they check that your cam can fix but it will cost.

    You tell us that you already try to quote how much if they will going to change the parts and it is to much expensive right.

    If that will going to be again i prefer to advice you that buy a new one instead of fixing your old one and not so sure if it will last long jsut in case they will fix.



    Sorry to adviced you this but in practically this is the best solution.,



    thank you again for choosing fixya our pleasure to have you on our site.

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Please use good quality video cleaning tape to clean video head.
Gray Bars across the screen shows that video head is dirty / clogged and requires cleaning.

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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    Shahid Electronics Feb 23, 2009

    Yes, you can post an image that should be less then 150k size. in JPG format.

    You will see TV icon where you write comments (next to globe icon) click it and attache image file.



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    Shahid Electronics Feb 23, 2009

    Please let me know both DCR-TRV900 and DCR-HC85 giving same problem?



  • Shahid Electronics
    Shahid Electronics Feb 23, 2009

    well I'm practical technician of Sony camcorders and replying you in this post.

    technically we call it "drop out noise" and "Mosaic noise" and "bar noise" depending on symptoms.

    I'm waiting an image of problem as you said in previous response to understand problem properly.



  • Shahid Electronics
    Shahid Electronics Feb 24, 2009

    An image would be fine to understand what kind of bars in playback.
    Please post an image here and file size should be up to 150k in JPG format.
    Thanks.


  • Shahid Electronics
    Shahid Electronics Mar 02, 2009

    OK, if camera is working fine then please click accept solution button and let it close.



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Yes it can be fixed. just send it to any sony service center

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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    micromaster Feb 23, 2009

    the CCD can be damaged and need to be check or replaced

  • micromaster
    micromaster Feb 23, 2009

    Vacuum pickup tubes suffered from drift and alignment problems due to temperature variations and sensitivity changes due to aging. Solid state image sensors

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