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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


I have the same problem with the tape in a DCR-TY480. Was intermittent at first, now permanent. Re-setting the camcorder as suggested elsewhere did not help. Less than two years old - 6 months of this problem. Very little use.
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    tape does not eject!

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The fact the head cleaner seemed to work suggests to me dust may be an issue. Despite not being very old, try using an air canister to clean the inside. I had a similar problem with a vdr and it ended up requiring proper maintenance- the mechanism went faulty itself. Unless you are happy to open yourself and give a general clean, I would consider this. Costly however. Sorry cant be of more use.

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Is sounds like something got on the drum/video head ,that is sticky causing the drum not to spin when you put a tape in. You say that putting a tape cleaner in helped, and sometimes they will help ,but tape cleaner are not as good as having it cleaned by someone like me , a qualified Technician.
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