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If your Sony camcorder displays a tape transport or mechanical error code always
try resetting the camcorder. This is done by removing the battery or ac power,
wait 10 seconds, reapply the battery or ac power and try again. If it still goes
into error try another tape. The camcorder will not always display an exact
error code. Sometimes you may see an error message such as, "Reinsert the
cassette", on the LCD screen. This is the camcorders way of saying, "Take the
tape out and try again." Try reloading the same tape as well as a new tape. If
the camcorder is still going into error this means it is time to send it in for
service or repair.
The camcorder may also sometimes display a "Reattach Power Source." This is
the camcorders way of saying,"Try resetting my system,so I can try again." Many
people mistaken this error and think they have a problem with the battery or ac
adapter. This is not true and has nothing to do with your battery or ac adapter.
Reset the camcorder by removing the battery or ac power, wait 10 second, reapply
the battery or ac power. If the error reappears the unit needs to be serviced or
I have had this error on my 3 year old Sony A1E and it has resulted in glitched picture and audio, despite not showing a poblem whilst recording. It came up with C:31:23 error. Start of the tape seemed ok and the end seemed to get pixellated. A friend said the PD170 had the same issue and had to have her tape heads changed. I've tried cleaning mine but problem still there. I'm looking at getting new NXCAM as I've spent a lot of money last year getting it fixed.
actually this error is related to s reel i.e, the supply reel of the camcorder and some time when we insert a new tape in camcorder it start giving the error because the amount of tension is more in new tapes as compared to the old ones (used one) . . try to use the old tape u would nt have any problem .
but with new tape u will have these kinds of problem some times , to solve this problem for new tape u need to take the camcorder to near by service center of sony .nd they will align the tape path of your camcorder .
The problem is with the S-reel. Take the tape out, remove the battery, and give it a slight bump. This usually fixes the issue for a couple of weeks. I haven't heard of any permenant fixes. I took my cam into circuit city (before they closed) twice for the same issue. Very frustrating when you don't know what the issue is.
I too was having a problem playing back my 8mm in my TRV460. The audio and video was both very glitchy. I tried what dyz66 said and rewound to the start of the tape,and then recorded about 10 seconds of meaninless video. After that the whole tape played nice and clear. Thanks for the idea. I believe from here on out I'm going to buy some new tapes to try and avoid this.
I was having the exact same problem with my sony handycam. I actually came across this website looking for the answer and noticed many people having the same problem but there was no solution to it.
I just happened to go to the sony website and decided to watch the tutorial on setting the camera back to the factory settings. It actually fixed the problem! I don't know if this will work for everyone or even how long it will work, but I figured it was worth a try. Good luck!