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Sony Camcorder DCR-TVR140 NTSC does not recognize tape in camera

My camera displayed error message c:31:22 and a flashing eject sign with nothing working in either camera or vcr mode. I tapped it on side and bottom a couple of times and the vcr and camera functions were restored. However, the camera does not recognise that there is a tape in the camera. It shows o minutes of tape remaining and a tape icon slashed through it along woth an eject icon. I cannot film anything.

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this error C:31:23 is related to the s reel and this occurs only when the tension of the tape is more,
solution:
1 st try to change the tape
if the problem persists then u need to take it to the service center as the tape path of the mechanical section is to be adjusted
as you are telling that your camcorder is not showing remaining time (time code ) then head assy. also need to be cleaned ..try to use cleaning tape for 10 sec. not more then that .

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