Question about Sony DCR-TRV285E Digital-8 Digital Camcorder

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TRV285E Quite frequently, my camcorder refuses to record or play back, but just exhibits a "reinsert the cassette" notice on the screen. Three months ago, I did some videoing in driving rain leaning out of the window on a steam train excursion. Could it be that condensation is contributing to the problem and if so, should I attempt to thoroughly dry out the recorder. If so again, how should I do this?. If this isn't the cause, have you any idea what it might be?

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  • RobinFaith Dec 28, 2007

    I wasn't quite used to this site, so I accepted the kind hint about cassettes, when in fact it happened whatever cassette was in. I left it on a radiator (upside down and open, to let the condensation exit) for an hour or two yesterday, and it now seems to be working perfectly. The problem remains that I could be on holiday and in the middle of a 'shoot' when the fault might re-emerge. If it really is condensation, then I have cured the problem, but if is something else, the problem remains!.

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Hi,

Does this happen with only one casette or all cassettes?

Posted on Dec 27, 2007

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Dec 28, 2007

    The fact that the error occasionally causes errors is probably due to some damage caused to the cassette mechanism. This damage was most probably caused my the rain water and maybe from the heat of the radiator (at what temp was i set at?). The heat can damge the components. The rain/ condensation could have caused corrosion inside. I would advise taking the unit to a service center to have it checked up internally because this condition can get worse.

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