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Snow on playback

I keep getting "snow" or distortion on the playback in the camera.  I have run a cleaning cassette through and it has not solved the problem.

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Posted on Apr 03, 2008

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SOURCE: Cassette load issue

I have recorded two casettes with DCR TRV480. In midst of recording the 1st cassette, I got this flashing reinsert cassette issue. I removed the battery and put it back on and the problem disappeared and I was able to complete the recording. While recording the second cassette, I again got the same proble. This time removing the battery did not help. I was unable to complete the recording on the 2nd tape leaving unused space. While trying to play it on TV, I am getting the same problem with the two cassettes and even with an earlier cassette (which I had played earlier). When I insert a new cassette the problem does seem to appear. I need help as I am unable to play any recorded cassettes!!! any input would be really welcome.

Posted on May 18, 2008

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