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Sharp Viewcam VL-AH151 Hi-8

Every time i put a tape in it keeps telling me cassette not recordable when i power up then it displays I slide the tab on the tap over to record or erase and it still displays cassette not recordable and could someone please give me some info. on what to do?

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Re: Sharp Viewcam VL-AH151 Hi-8

Make sure the little red tab on top of the tape is set to record and not save. The camcorder will not let you record it its set to save

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Re: Sharp Viewcam VL-AH151 Hi-8

Camcorders have a sensor, often a small manual bumper, to detect if the write-protect tab is engaged or not. It sure sounds like yours is damaged, preventing the detection of a writeable tape. Check to make sure there's nothing obstructing it (obviously, it'll be near where the copy protect tab goes when the camcorder is closed).

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Let me reach back into the past here!
Well, protection tabs are on the cassettes. Video8 & Hi8 used a built in re-usable tab (unlike VHS, Beta etc which used a once only break-it-off tab, a method originating near 50 years ago with audio cassettes)
In reverse of the that method, when the tab is out (or slid over) recordings can be made on 8mm's including D8's and not when the tab shows.
they are located on the back edge of the cassette usually with indicator icons in the plastc of the case to help.

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On the mini-DV tapes I have, the protect tab is a slider- it does not come out of the cassette. If you look at the back edge of the tape, where the long label goes, the protect tab is at the right hand end. When it is set to prevent recording it will look like a little square hole, but there should be a tiny edge of the tab showing (mine is green) which you can pull across with a fingernail or sharp object to cover the hole and allow recording.

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The tape on my Sharp Viewcam VL-AH50U keeps ejecting

i think it could be the latching system im not sure if its electronic latch or spring start by looking there if its electronic latch take it in to a shop if its spring latcg maybe the end of the spring just needs putting back on

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When trying to recored to dvd the tape keeps coming up with copy write protected. why is this happening with 2 of my tape . and not the others

There is a tab that can be switched on the cassette itself. Look for a small square of a different color on the side of the cassette and move it to the unlocked position. Should be ok after that.

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Sharp Viewcam VL-AH151U keeps saying "eject cassette" why is that? How or where can i send this to get fixed?

Assuming the record tab is in the correct position, download the manual for the VL-AH150U, very close to the 151U.
Page 10 of the manual shows the normal reasons for the "eject cassette" message. If not, I would call Sharp support at
1-800-BE-SHARP (237-4277) for referral to a local repair center.
Let me know if this helps.

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The manual for the VL-AH150 should be the same as the VL-AH151. Download the manual from
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Setting the is on page 16

Let me know if this works for you or we can try something else. Thanks.

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you need a firewire cable to go from cam to computer or use a dvd recorder and put tv connections from cam to dvd recorder

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