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Re insert cassette!

I had a sony handycam, it will playback the tape for about 2 seconds then it tells me to re-insert the cassette, and then it halfway ejects. help!

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Re: re insert cassette!

To get the tape back it you can get a pen or sharp object and press the reset button located under the LCD screen right below the volume buttons (on my 280 anyways) but that doesn't fix your re insert problem...mine does that too have not figured it out yet. Seems to be common so I'm taking mine in

Posted on May 14, 2008

Re: re insert cassette!

Reseat the battery and try tapping on the cam one or twice it should work, had the same problem

Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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Hello. First, try placing the cassette into another known-good camcorder to verify that you actually recorded something on the tape! Next, use a good quality head cleaner--the type that uses a small amount of liquid. There is a small chance that the heads in the rotating drum are very dirty and preventing video information transfer.There are 2 video information sources in a camcorder. The CCD, in record mode, sends video information to a rotating drum which transfers it to the tape that is wound around it. This image is visible in the viewfinder and on the lcd screen. In playback mode, the rotating drum simply picks up the information off the magnetic tape. It is entirely possible that damaged circuitry is blocking video info to the drum and preventing it from being transferred to the tape. Additionally, when trying to play back a pre-recorded tape, the information might be blocked by the same damaged circuitry so you don't see anything--yet you know it's there. You'll see everything live in the viewfinder and on the lcd screen because that comes directly off the CCD chip. If the tape HAS your video on it, then there is a playback circuit problem only. I'm surprised you didn't see any error codes in the display. In either case, you will HAVE to send the unit in for repair. Send it to a repair facility directly--a retail store will add considerable cost to your bill needlessly.--- Hope I helped you.---Rick

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Try using different tape or a new tape in the Camcorder.

Clean the video heads using the Sony V8-25CLD cleaning cassette.

You may also try pressing and holding the Reset button for 30 seconds to reset all the settings in the unit to the factory defaults.

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Follow the steps below to troubleshoot this issue.

IMPORTANT: If additional model-specific instructions are needed to perform any of the steps below, refer to the operating instructions of the camcorder. The instruction manual is available in the Manuals/Specs/Warranty section of the Sony eSupport Web site.
  1. Ensure a fully-charged battery is inserted or connect the AC power adapter.
  2. Turn the camera on to the VTR or PLAYBACK mode.
  3. Insert a cassette tape with recorded video into the camcorder.
  4. Ensure the cassette tape is rewound to the beginning of the video recording.
  5. Begin playing the cassette tape.
  6. If your camcorder has an LCD screen, try adjusting the brightness or contrast.
  7. If there is still no picture on the LCD or viewfinder, reset the camcorder to factory specifications

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Follow this procedure to troubleshoot if a blue screen is displayed when attempting to playback video from the camcorder.
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  2. Ensure the tape has been rewound to the beginning of the video recording.
  3. Play the tape.
  4. If the issue is not resolved, stop the tape and remove it from the camcorder.
  5. Clean the video heads of the camcorder using a dry head cleaning cassette.IMPORTANT: Follow the instructions for use provided with the head cleaning cassette. It may be necessary to use the head cleaning cassette more than once per session.
  6. Reinsert the tape into the camcorder.
  7. Play the tape.
  8. If the issue is not resolved, stop the tape and remove it from the camcorder.
  9. Insert a different tape with video footage into the camcorder.
  10. Ensure the tape has been rewound to the beginning of the video recording.
  11. Play the tape.

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My advice is that you should by a cleaning cassette. Put this in the camera and run it for 10 to 20 seconds only. running the cleaning cassette for a long time may damage the head.
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