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Sony CCD-TR96 won't playback tape

I am trying to view a tape on my Sony CCD-TR96 handycam. I set it to "player" mode and pressed "play". The tape starts to turn but all I see is black and the counter isn't moving. I am certain there is material on the tape and I tried another one just in case and got the same result. I don't understand why the tape is moving but the counter isn't.

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SOURCE: very grainy playback

Same problem with my Sony CCD-TR416 recently. Know what finally worked? With camera playing a tape, I picked up the camera and tapped it sharply on a solid desktop. Had to do it 3 times. I held the camera with two hands, one on each side of the camera, raised it about 3 to 5 inches off the desktop and then quickly tapped it on the desk holding the camera parallel to the desktop so that it solidly hit with all of the lower surface of the camera body.

I know it sounds crazy. I swear it worked. I had tried cleaning the heads over and over. I examined them with a 20x loupe and they looked fine. I doubt that the problem was oxide and debris build-up on the heads.

I planned to order a new head/drum just to see if I could manage the replacement procedure by myself (I'm a chronic do-it-yourselfer/experimenter). I guess I don't need to do that now.

Why did the slam technique work? My guess: Inside the rotating head, there must be some sort of electronic track like the brushes of a motor or something similar.. Some sort of debris must have been involved in a corruption of the transfer of impulses from the heads. A few taps and it broke free.

If banging it on the desk didn't work, I was next planning to remove the drum to check for bad connections. I'm sorry I didn't have to do that.

Nevertheless, don't listen to everyone when they say that the "heads must be dirty." Nope. With the loupe, I could see mine were sparkling clean. But, I still had those multiple horizontal rows of short white streaks obliterating the video image. Tap. Tap. Tap. Now they're gone.

Try it. Couldn't hurt. Though chances are, you won't see this. I'm posting 6 months after your original post. I just happened upon your post as I researched the problem through Google. Neverthelss, someone might see my response someday and maybe they, too, will get luck with the tap, tap, tap procedure.

Posted on Jan 15, 2008

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In playback mode the lCD displays the battery time, hi8 symbol and the tape counter. all the functions work the tape will play, rewind, fast forward. The screen stays blank on playback and the tape counter stays at 0:00:00 eventhough I can see the tape turning. I also hooke the camera to my tv and I got no picture.

Posted on Mar 09, 2008

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I have the DCR-HC32. I got the c:31:22 error with a message to reload the tape. I could load another tape and saw a post that if a tape is at the end and the tension is tight the camera has a sensor that won't load the tape so that it does not break it. I loosened the tape after a few tries and it loaded fine...no more errors.

Posted on Jun 09, 2010

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I'm glad to provide the instructions to connect the Camcorder to a Computer to transfer videos from tape. You can connect the A/V output of the Camcorder to the A/V input on the Computer and use Windows Movie Maker available with the Windows Operating System or iMovie in the case of Macintosh to capture videos.

Please click hear to get the step by step instructions to transfer videos from the Camcorder to the computer.

Thanks for understanding. Please let me know if you require any clarifications.

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