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Sony Video 8 Handycam CCD-FX411tape problem

The tape deck closes normally with no tape in. put a tape in and the and the door closes but the top doesn't go down???

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  • olcuss Jul 25, 2009

    The drum spins freely

  • olcuss Jul 25, 2009

    Thanks, I have tried different tapes... Without a tape in it opens and closes as it is supposed to..



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I have a handy can and had trouble with the cage closing with a tape installed. I found the most unlikely problem the rotation of the drun was slowing up and then siezed eventually.
I took it apart abd it was not a good idea to go any farther into the cage to extract the drum. The drum goes for over 250 dollars the price of half of the camera. Well I figure what the heck I experimented. I soaked the hole cage and drum in Denatured alcohol and unn siezed it. then I blew it out with the air compressor and really made the head spin. Then as I put the unit back together I found i was not careful with the audio ribon cable lost sound but the unit did work for silent movies. It was junk anyways over 250 dollar 3 head drum.

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    tommya300 Jul 25, 2009

    The retractor motor does not respond. There is some fail safe that is not working a bad gear that is sandwiched in between the layer of this cage. OR the rear timing may have jumped a tooth .

    Belive it or not there is a rotery switch that is part of the gear train that enables and disables different items TIMING here is crushle and it is not easy to visually see this without the assembley paperwork pointing this out. Holes in the gears and sertain maked teeth have to line up in a certain way and a templet with small studs positioned exactly to fit this , A puzzle if you may. The old tape players would of been able to be fixed if when a gear train broke and it was seen to beable to be lined up again I bet 50% of thenm had this problem and it was not due to a failed electronic component.

    Sorry it is not an easy fix from what I can tell not seeing the hardware and that would be a lucky shot to spot the problem...

    Can you physically push it down manually? I do not suggest it but as a final before giving up last ditch effort see if it shuts that way.. and see if it will open this may help find the problem or dislodge something restricting it.

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    tommya300 Jul 25, 2009

    Something I just thought of. Try a different tape! The one you are using may be binding in the tape casing and causing a fail safe...

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    tommya300 Jul 26, 2009

    When you put the tape in and shut the face the face latches there are two arms one on each side of the drum .. these reach out and guide the tape to wrap around the drum and the platon ( rubber cylinder shape that the tape is squeezed between a spinning roller.

    Does this action happen?



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