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RECENTLY i HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN A STUDY CONCERNING THE DEFORMITY OF CANE TOADS; A STUDY THAT REQUIRES FILMING AT NIGHT.. After filming much footage my camera seemingly died. I have not been able to get it to focus on any thing, it will not rewind, it does not play any of the hi 8 that was recorded on it.. I am unable to present any previous material to others working on such a vital subject as aforementioned...... what can I do to over come such a problem especially when some folks are suggesting that Hi 8s are a thing of the past?

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  • Ardie1939 Aug 22, 2007

    Greetings Magic Seadog,thank you for your imput due to the fact that My Digital Camera is able to go forward in Record Mode I tried placing a head cleaner tape in the camera and set the camera to record, it did move forward plus the sign indicating that the head cleaner is in it kept flashing..I allowed it to operate in that mode for a few minutes.. However it still will not rewind or play back.....What would you suggest I do next ?
    Warmest Regards


  • Ardie1939 Aug 27, 2007

    Greetings once again Magic seadog, technical skills I have, a workshop manual I do not , during my younger years I have repaired items from an aeroplane to a weed wacker, some of those items I would venture to say are as techbical as any camera...Can you assist with a workshop manual?

  • Ardie1939 Aug 28, 2007

    Greetings once more " Man of Magic " aka magic seadog, the little creatures and I thank you for the information, Sony did send the manuals, I have not had the time to get into them as yet, however FIXYA .COM and the support given thus far is among the greatest, I will get back to you soon Hotep = Peace



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WOW! You've realy got some problems. With this combination of failures I would suggest that you may have gotten envloved in some environmental conditions which have caused differing unrelated symptoms all connected to exposure to moisture. The focus data is communicated through a flexible printed cable to the lens and may have the connector eroded by moisture. Ordinarily a cleaning tape should restore playback if it indeed was able to properly record in the first place (same set of heads in use for both record and playback). If the play and rewind buttons do not function you may have another cable problem. More info could be useful. Good luck, magic seadog

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    Mike Beale Aug 27, 2007

    Unless you have a respectable set of technical skills, I don't believe I can offer much other help. This unit will need to be disassembled to determine the real problem. Camcorders are a serious service item, not a successful amateur project. You may wish to take your tape to a media transfer business to have it copied to dvd for viewing. The alternative could be to try your tape on an associate's camera for playback.
    Good luck!
    magic seadog

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    Mike Beale Aug 27, 2007

    The pdf file for the tech manusl is 18.5MB in size and wouldn't be accomodated by this sight. You might try purchasing a hard copy from form Sony at 1-800-282-2848. The tech sight for downloading tech manuals is classified and access is limited to qualified servicers.

  • Mike Beale
    Mike Beale Aug 29, 2007

    Hey creature friend,
    I reccomend that you take out some screws and have a thorough inspection the first chance you get. Disassembly instuctions are in the manual and are easy to follow. If there is some light corrosion you will have the best chance of clean-up and restoral by not waiting. The longer the wait, the more it will worsen. Check for cable connectors and I.C. leads. They can be cleaned with ispropyl alcohol or similar product.
    Best of luck,
    magic seadog



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