Question about Sony Handycam CCD-TR87 Camcorder
Camcorder will constantly show a blinking cauten led. I cannot use the unit in VTR mode. it just comes out with this blinking caution led.
After buying a similar unit (cheaply) , I have researched the problem, and found that a batch of faulty components are likely to blame.
In 1997 , a Tiwanese company stole a secret formula for Electrolytic capacitors. Unfortunately - it was a double bluff, and the formula they stole was incomplete. They began manufacture, and sold the components on to Sony, Chinnon, Apple and other manufacturers. The components typically have a usable life of between 2 and 6 years, then start leaking electrolyte (which smells of fish,) and corrodes the connections and the board. The only solution is to remove the boards and replace them or rework the boards replacing all electrolytic capacitors - which is labour intensive.
Unfortunately "fake" components are on the market, and can cause various problems from sporadic faults to a full blown fire risk.
If your camcorder smells bad inside - suspect the components are leaking. Most service engineers consign these units to the bin as repair is difficult. If your unit has just started to give an error or started smelling - then ask service engineers to replace the electrolytic capacitors. As these are surface mount components - they are VERY fiddly to do properly, so factor the cost of rework against a replacement unit.
Units affected are between 1999 and 2007
Posted on Feb 11, 2009
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