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Camera will not accept mini-dv tape anymore

Hello,

I have two Sony DCR-HC42 digital camcorders with the same problem. Whenever I insert a tape it slowly goes in. After a while it flashes the error message: "Re-insert Tape."

If I eject the tape it comes out very slowly (or not at all).

It used to be okay if I just reinserted the tape, but now it won't accept any tape.

I tried a head cleaner, which surprisingly seem to fix the problem. But now noting helps.

Any ideas?

- David

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  • nhr_sony42 Nov 17, 2007

    I have the same problem .All at a sudden now it is not accepting the Tape .It goes in half away and then stops.

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2007

    I have two Sony DCR-HC42 digital camcorders with the same problem. Whenever I insert a tape it slowly goes in. After a while it flashes the error message: "Re-insert Tape."

    If I eject the tape it comes out very slowly (or not at all).

    It used to be okay if I just reinserted the tape, but now it won't accept any tape.

    I tried a head cleaner, which surprisingly seem to fix the problem. But now noting helps.

  • howdye1 Feb 29, 2008

    Same Problem, mini tape, when inserted, and it goes in very slowly, then says on the screen"please re-insert the tape"....and now, it does not even close with a tape in it.

  • frank44455 Mar 02, 2008

    same problem.

  • David Iriana
    David Iriana Mar 28, 2008

    UPDATE: I was able to get one of the cameras to accept a tape by inserting and ejecting it over and over again. The process did not work for the other camera. I have not ejected the tape in the now working camera since and it continues to work fine.

  • sidealkcrush May 01, 2008

    I have the same problem with my camera. The "re-insert tape" prompt comes up and I have not been able to remedy this. Has anyone sent it in to Sony? What do they say and how much did they charge?

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