My VCR side works perfectly, but when I attempt to load a mini DV tape, the tape goes into the machine, rests on the head for a couple of seconds and then is ejected. I removed the top of the recorder but don't see any obvious obstruction. Thanks for any help.
First power off the unit, then remove the DV's tape housing , power up the unit, and allowed the mechanism to go back to the unload mode, make sure that the tape posts are at unload mode. then unplug the vcr back again, put back the tape's housing in the load position (tape in) power the vcr back on and push eject button to reset tape mechanism.
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C 3210 is means : LOAD direction loading motor timeout,
Main region how it happen are,
1.if there is moisture in ur TAPE or if ur tape had an slack tape during search And Video head is dirty.
Best is to clean head drum or disconnect the AC power cord.
After reconnecting it,
When there's a problem with the drive mechanism of a VCR it will shut down to prevent damage. All operations of a VCR are controlled by a computer chip. This is told what mode the mechanism is in by a Mode Switch. If this is faulty it can cause the machine to play up. Sometimes a spray of Video 40 on the mode switch can restore operation. However it will not correct the problem if the mechanism has any damage on it.
Your playback heads might be clogged. I am not sure if this camera with give you a RF warning if your record heads get clogged. Also most professional machines drums are rated at 1000 - 1500 hours before they need to be replaced. If you are at 500 and never cleaned the heads it is time to. Run a cleaning tape a few times.
If the problem only shows with Mini DV tapes, it can be a tape guide issue or a mchanism loading problem where the tape is not being properly "seated" into the tape mechanism. You will need to use an oscilloscope to look at the RF waveform coming off the tape to try and figure out where your problem is.
Try a different tape in case the take up isn't working in the previous tape.
Clean the tape heads with a tape cleaner in case there is buildup on the pinch rollers causing the tape to jam or slip.
If those solutions don't work, you should take it into a repair shop to have a closeup view as to what the problem is unless you see something obvious like a spring broken or loose or a bent piece or foriegn objects in the deck.
You have to make sure that when the tape was put back in the cassette, that it maintained it's side to head integrity, in other words, that it did not flip so at a certain point, the back of the tape is running against the drum and head in the machine. If that is the case, then you should insert the tape and rewind it and fast forward the tape 2 or three times and then let the tape rest for a day fully rewound or fully fast forwarded. This should iron out the small wrinkles, but unfortunately, the big creases in the tape will cause a loss of information so the picture will fail. You should transfer the tape immediately to your computer and burn a DVD as your tape has a very short life span now,
the "dv sensor"is actually a mechanical lever built into the cassette
housing that moves the reel tables to match the reel spacing on mini or
full-size DV tapes. check to see if this assembly is free to move. if
it binds up, the reel tables may not move as far as they need to, and
can cause problems similar to the one you're seeing. to inspect the
mechanism, you need to remove the cassette housing. if you don't have a
service manual, get a tech to help -- it's a delicate procedure.