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I own a Sony DCR-HC26 camcorder. Purchased in 7/06. On Memorial Day I was reviewing tapes and the thing shut down suddenly. With A/C plug still same problem. It turns on for a second or two, then shuts off. I immediately brought it into Geek Squad at Best Buy b/c it is under warranty. They ship it out to a third party service center. The unit should arrive Monday if it hasn't already, so I may find out answers soon. In the meantime I've tried to do some detective work and get some lead ons. What threw everything out of loop was that I then discovered the camcorder had misaligned heads, as the tapes which were recorded on my camcorder and play fine during playback do not play correctly on other camcorders (and I tried several!). Blips of sound, and distorted visual. Thus it appears I can only review and import a year's worth of videos if the camera gets back to me with the heads still misaligned! (So I told them, DO NOT ADJUST the tape heads!). However, through all this talking with Sony and a media business and Best Buy and net searches I'm no closer to knowing a possible reason for the power issue. And whether that can likely be isolated from the tape heads issue so they can get the camcorder started again without moving the heads. I pray it's something as easy as a reset but if not, as long as it does not involve adjusting the tape heads. The video is very precious to me and cannot be re-filmed in any sense.

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  • gorillabay Jun 03, 2009

    The reply was helpful, but I already am aware that if the heads get aligned they would have to be misaligned. I realize it's difficult to say what the power issue is without seeing it for oneself, but any ideas? And also what are the chances it's an isolated problem from the tape heads?

  • gorillabay Jun 04, 2009

    Thanks for your reply. I feel more at ease now that I know it's possible to readjust the heads, if need be...however I'm confused by this sentence:



    "No power issue can be solved by just replacing any open fuse on camera main board or even complete main board replacement."





    So, then, how can it be solved? Surely it can be solved in some way? I wouldn't do this work myself, mind you, so I'm not looking for a technical step-by-step.



    I don't think I could trust myself to do the Tape Path Alignment, I did talk to a guy who owns a shop and he said he could try it but it'd take a while. Well I have to wait anyway. The camcorder has arrived at the service center and I'll be calling for an update within the week. Anyways, if you could elaborate on my follow-up question that'd be great.



    --Scott



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Power issue is not connected to head alighnement in any respect. The main problem causing camera to turn of is a system board that malfunctioned. To be honest it is common problem with Sony camcoders.
Replaceing system board should not involve changing heads, so your tapes will be grand.

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The reply was helpful, but I already am aware that if the heads get aligned they would have to be misaligned. I realize it's difficult to say what the power issue is without seeing it for oneself, but any ideas? And also what are the chances it's an isolated problem from the tape heads?
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Hi,
No power issue can be solved by just replacing any open fuse on camera main board or even complete main board replacement. As you already advised not to adjust head alignment so I think they won't do it and in case they ignore your instructions and adjust head / tape path as per standard then still its no problem, you can readjust it and can get clear picture and sound of your old tapes.
It calls Tape Path Adjustment and procedure is not so difficult, it just needs to apart camera with old tape loaded and reassemble flexible wires in connectors so camcorder get powers up and playback. Take small Flat Screwdriver and slightly adjust tape Guides to get clear picture and sound of old tape. After that adjustment, put camera cabinet back and tight screws.
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The tape head issue, if it comes back alinged, you would have to misaling the heads yourself. if you don\t have the tools it would be best to take the camera to a professional, that can aling the heads, im sure he could also misaling the heads untill the video is clear from the tapes.

the turning off issue could be a set of things and hard to say without testing the camera.

I would highly recommend a digital camcorder possibly one with a dvd disk instead of a tape or a hard drive. the dvd might be better, you could instantly play the video on any dvd player, they are pretty cheap nowadays. with the hard drive model you would have to transfer the video to the computer and then burn it to a dvd, alot more complicated compairing to dvd so the dvd camcorder would be a better option in that case.


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