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Unable to use play/edit mode of DCR-HC30

Whenever I try to set my camera to play/edit mode, it will briefly display the screen and then immediately skip over to camera-tape mode. Sometimes it will actually stay in play/edit mode for several seconds, but eventually it switches over on its own or if I try to use any of the buttons.
I looked through the Guide and did not see any troubleshooting for this problem.
My camera is not connected to the computer. The battery is charged, and this problem is very recent.
This problem happens with all usb settings (I was trying to transfer video to my computer).
Thanks for any help.

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  • greghatrick Apr 12, 2009

    Oh no, its just that first problem. The play/edit mode is not working.
    I was just adding extra information.

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    Same problem with DCR-HC48E. When i rotate wheel rotor to right to change from tape mode to memory or play/edit the camera beeps the sound and the green light remains lit near the tape mode position and do not change to memory or play/edit mode. So it is imposible to set the camera to memory and play/edit modes. Sometimes after hundred times of rotation of rotor the camera goes to memory or play/edit mode, and than it can play tape ok. The problem is that it requires a hundred of tries to go to play/edit mode. Any solutions, or suggestions what to check?

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    Shahid Electronics May 11, 2010

    Are you asking 2 problems with same camcorder DCR-HC30..

    1= Whenever I try to set my camera to play/edit mode, it will briefly
    display the screen and then immediately skip over to camera-tape mode.
    Sometimes it will actually stay in play/edit mode for several seconds,
    but eventually it switches over on its own or if I try to use any of
    the buttons.
    I looked through the Guide and did not see any troubleshooting for this problem.

    2=My camera is not connected to the computer. The battery is charged, and this problem is very recent.
    This problem happens with all usb settings (I was trying to transfer video to my computer).
    Thanks for any help.

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I had a similar problem. I was attempting to transfer video from the HC30 to my Windows PC via the USB cable. Unfortunately, the software supplied with the device is not compatible with Vista. Since then, whenever I switch the mode to PlayEdit the screen displayed "USB MODE disconnect the USB cable before...".
I called Sony and they had me try several reset options without success. Then they said they I could send it in for a flat fee of $171.00 plus shipping to troubleshoot; parts would be extra. The camera is only worth 150 bucks.
My solution:
All devices that retain information such as date and time have a back-up battery, so I wen online and purchased a DCR- HC30 repair manual for 8 bucks. I found that the MS-200 board under the tape loading door hs just such a battery (although it is soldered in place and cannot be removed).
Following the dissambley instructions, I dismaltled the camcorder and disconnected the flexible board that links the MS-200 board to the main processing board, then reconnected it after 5 minutes.
I then reassembled the device and to my surprise, it functions normally now without displaying the USB error.

Here is a link to Tradebit, the site that sold me the repair manual:

http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/7066542-sony-dcr-hc30hc30e-video-camera-recorder-service-manual

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