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Please help...Blue Screen of Death?

I have a DVC-30 with about 65 hours on it. I purchesed the thing new last year. Last August I got a DEW alert, aired it out, and put it back in its case. I got the cam out to use the last night and now I have a blue screen on playback. The screen works fine in CAMERA mode, but wont record to tape. It plays back the tapes, but I cant see them. All I see is white lines where the time code would normally be.

What is going on here? Could the head need cleaned? Or the camera reset?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Please help...Blue Screen of Death?

Try a head cleaning tape. the blue screen is what is displayed when the heads are too dirty to read the information on the tape. if the head cleaning tape doesn't solve it, a hand cleaning should do the job.

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When cold water is poured into a glass,
dew drops form on the glass. This clinging
of water drops is called dew formation.
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