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We intermittently get gray bands when we playback our videos on the PC-1000. The camera has been repaired once for this problem and has <100 hours of use. FYI: we're using Sony tapes.

The problem comes and goes for no apparent reason.

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According to Sony support, you should follow these next steps: 1. Ensure the batteries are fully charged or the AC power adapter is connected. 2. Remove any media (tape, Memory Stick®, DVD, etc.) from the camcorder. 3. Properly reinsert the media. 4. Ensure the media compartment is properly closed. 5. If the problem continues, try inserting different media. In addition according to your post it is very likely that you busted the tape mechanism. In this case only a certified technician can help you. I hope you work it out

Posted on Apr 25, 2006

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SOURCE: Gray bands on recorded tape

The drum is dirty purchase a soft cleaning tape that should do it

Posted on Dec 25, 2007

SOURCE: Playback Problems

Ditto. Old tapes seem to be related to the problem. All I have to do is put in a new tape, play it, remove it, put the old one back in and it will play normally again. I can't explain why. I know the camera has an automatic tape detection feature and I wonder if it is at fault. Perhaps the camera has trouble detecting older tapes and the brains get scrambled. A new tape resets the detector. It's just a guess.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

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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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SOURCE: Gray Bars across playback

I hate to say this but you sould bring it for repair to a professional instead of trying to repair it yourself and actually damaging your camcorder. If simple maintenance
repairs don't work like incerting cleaning tapes for 10 seconds.
Please bring it to someone who knows what they are doing.
You'll get your camera back working perfectly for a small fee.

Posted on Feb 23, 2008

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SOURCE: Black bands and skipping in playback

Thank You Guest, this this solution is helpful, I clean the head with alcohol and the problem is solved.
And thanks for FixYa for the technical support.

Posted on Mar 06, 2008

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dear ,
i Jasdeep working in superb broadcast as an lengineer .and for this problem i can suggest u the following things :
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actually this problem occurs when the head get clogged (i.e, dirty ) it REC. only single band and shows the same in play back too.

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