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Condensation operation i received my camcorder yesterday when turn it on worked fine as went charge the for 5 minutes placed battery back to camcorder that when it poped up condesation operation

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Re: condensation operation

Follow the manuals instructions for this, ergo: leave the tape hatch open for at least 30 minutes to an hour, and try again. If this doesn't work. Call canon, and see if they can repair or replace your XL2

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I have a sony dig 8 trv340 and am receiving an error code of c31:42 what does this mean?


In DCRTRV430 Camcorder, the C:31:42 error message is a Self diagnostic display. This message can be clearly identified by the help of a Sony Authorized service technician. Each of these codes indicates the symptoms and resolutions of the Camcorder. In C:31:42, the issue is with the tape and the tape mechanism.

I suggest that you remove and reinsert the tape to check if it helps. You may also try inserting new tapes in the Camcorder. Please remove the battery and/or power cable, connect, and perform operations from the beginning. You may also try resetting the Camcorder back to factory default after removing the tape.

To Reset the Camcorder, perform the steps below:

? Please open the LCD screen to locate the RESET button.

? To reset the Camcorder, press the RESET button using a sharp-pointed object.

? Please make sure that the Camcorder is turned on while pressing the reset button.

Also, try turning off the Camcorder and remove the battery pack. Then move the 'Power Switch' of the Camcorder to the ON position

for 1 minute. After about 1 minute, move the 'Power Switch' to the OFF position.

Now reinsert the battery, turn on the Camcorder and check whether it is working fine.




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Error code


I believe this means that there is condensation in the tape mechanism.

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Condensation please wait, and does not recoed, open tape door, and does not want to shut, will not record while this is happening, and there is no condensation in the camcorder

I purchased this camcorder used with the condesation error, it arrived in the mail yesterday, I researched the fix and without loosing any screws got it fixed. Here is what I did.

I plugged in the power cord, turned it to auto with the display screen open, the condensation error was blinking, I left it on for about 30 mins to one hour {didn't keep a tab as I was watching my favorite Tv show.} When I checked back the "condensation" error was gone.I then placed it on "off /charge" to charge the battery.

This is the next day and it hasn't return. It is almost unbelievable, the previous owner sold it just because of the error and I hardly did anything much to fix it. I am so happy.

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Safeguard mode

Eject tape compartment and let it open, remove battery and blow hot air by hair-dryer from 8 inch distance for 8-10 minutes and attach battery and check camera works fine?

Feb 10, 2009 | JVC GR-D73AG Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Condensation operation

I found instructions with pictures on fixing this problem online at
The process involves taking the camera apart.
Other forums I have looked at have mentioned waiting the error out or allowing the camera to air out.

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Condensation operation paused

Give it a good wack. .. . with a wooden kitchen spoon.. try hitting the bottom of the camera or where the battery is attached - this will fix the problem. Believe it or not! Now don't brake the camera. .
it will get rid of the problem. Just a good wack. Believe it . . or Not. (make sure power is off and make sure there is no charge left on the battery if you are going to hit it in the battery.

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Battery power only allows 5 minutes of filming time

mine did but i had to buy really expensive batteries and then it was fine

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No image at all...

The JVC C-Format camera can have one of two seperate problems that cause this symptom. The connector to the CCD comes loose and causes loss of video. Also, the CCD has been a source of problems for some time now, JVC will repair this for you free of charge if it's the CCD causing the problem. Good luck to you. Joe Weibel

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RCA prov712 battery will only last 5 minutes

Be sure to charge for AT LEAST 14 hours on the new battery, even if the charger light goes out - it's still trickle charging. It's normal for most camcorders to auto-shut off after 5 minutes, if it's not recording. But if your batt light comes on, the problem is probably with the battery.

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Sony DCR-HC40 Battery Charging Problem Hi Mates - I did purchase a Sony DCR-HC40 camcorder around an year back and it was working superb till few days back. As of date, i am facing a problem where...

Had the same thing happen to me. Went out and bought a new battery and it, too, does not charge. Apparently something messed up with the in-camera charging system. It will charge for several minutes (charge light illuminated) and then the charge light goes dark. Battery gage shows that there is virtually no time left on either battery (old or new). Anyone have any ideas other than a trip back to Sony?

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