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I see two possibilities. Fortunately they have the same solution. What type and speed memory card are you trying to use? Is the card compatible with the camcorder? Since you didn't specify the model of your camcorder I can't tell you what type of card you need to use, but if the camcorder is designed to use SD cards and you're trying to use an SDHC card then it won't work. The second possibility is that your card isn't fast enough to record video. There's a lot of data involved in a video clip, and not all memory cards are fast enough to handle it. The situation is much worse with HD video. Again, without knowing the model of your camera I can't tell you how fast a memory card you need.
I MADE MINE WORK!!!! With the camera off, I pressed and held the "play"
button while I powered it on into playback mode. It actually let me
watch the tape. I switched it to "REC" mode and still got the error. So
I switched it off, pushed and held the rec button while powering it
on... IT WORKED. Now I can power it on and off with no more error
messages (so far)! Let me know if this works for you too!
CCD sensor might be faulty. To check see if you get immage in playback mode ( some old tapes you know were captured properly ) if playback is fine but no image in capture mode ( i.e. camera mode ) then CCD transducer is kaput ; camera must go in.
It's been a while since I worked on the RCA full size camcorders as well. It sounds as though the load motor is "jogging" because the mode switch is not in time with the mechanism. I think there are timing marks on all the cams and gears in the unit and an indicator arrow on the mode switch.
Set the mechanism to the "stop" mode and align the main cam index mark to the load motor drive cam, be sure the mode switch arrow points to the load motor drive gear "hole", this tells the micro the unit is in "stop" mode.
Some RCA camcorders feature both Automatic and Manual recording modes.
Some features on these camcorders are only available in Manual mode. Check to make sure the POWER switch is set to M, and not A, then try again.
If you are unsure of the recording model features of your camcorder, refer to the owner's manual or the product catalog on the website. Look on the bottom of your camcorder to locate the model number.
Select RCA camcorders feature both an Automatic and a Manual recording mode.
Automatic recording places the camcorder into Auto Shot™ mode. Focus, exposure, iris control, white balance, and the video light are controlled by the camcorder during Automatic recording. This mode is particularly handy for those times when you want to be able to just point the camera and record.
The Manual recording mode allows you to control many of the elements above yourself, as well as many of the camcorder's special features including Animation and Time Lapse. Manual mode is also where you access the menus and set the clock.
Make sure you press in the LOCK button while setting the POWER switch to the desired setting, either "A" (Automatic) or "M" (Manual) record mode.
# You may not have turned on the camcorder to record properly. For camcorders that feature both Automatic and Manual recording, make sure you press in the LOCK button while setting the POWER switch to the desired setting, either "A" (Automatic) or "M" (Manual) record mode.
# Automatic recording places the camcorder into Auto Shot™ mode, while Manual recording mode allows you to control many of the camcorder's special features, including accessing the menus and setting the clock.
# For many other camcorders, make sure the CAMERA/OFF/VCR switch is set to CAMERA.
Make sure the Erase Protection tab is in the position that allows recording. If not, slide the tab. Some tapes have removable tabs. If the tab has been removed, simply cover the hole with adhesive tape or use another tape.