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Moisture icon mv6i

Iv not used my camcorder for a while and now when I switch it on the moisture icon flashes and films will not play. Is there anything i can do about this myself or will i need to have it serviced.

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Re: moisture icon mv6i

You can disable the condensation detector by shorting the two bottom connections at the end of the ribbon cable ( four live and a dummy middle) from the motor/condensation detector to the front board. You need to remove the front body panel to gain access and it is quite fiddly soldering, and it will leave you with an operating camera, but no protection from condensation if you should use the camera in atmospheric conditions where condensation could occur. Also, you can repair a broken ribbon cable.

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Re: moisture icon mv6i

Can you get it to rewind and fast forward if so take a lp recording that you have recorded with completly and rewind it and fast forward it all the way and after that use a soft cleaning tape and run it for 20 secs if that doesnt work then theres not much you could do other then to send it in sometimes the method i have stated works sometimes it doesnt

Posted on Dec 26, 2007

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WOW! You've realy got some problems. With this combination of failures I would suggest that you may have gotten envloved in some environmental conditions which have caused differing unrelated symptoms all connected to exposure to moisture. The focus data is communicated through a flexible printed cable to the lens and may have the connector eroded by moisture. Ordinarily a cleaning tape should restore playback if it indeed was able to properly record in the first place (same set of heads in use for both record and playback). If the play and rewind buttons do not function you may have another cable problem. More info could be useful. Good luck, magic seadog

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