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just so you know, your camera model was included in the list for what we call the "ccd program". this program has ran for 5 years and unfortunately ended march this year. sony gave free repairs for cameras and camcorders affected by the defective ccd imaging sensor before the said date. issue with the camera shows a black or distorted screen in camera mode. but the you should still be able to see the indicators on the screen. when switch to vcr you should be able to play back previous recordings that you made. better to really make sure its a ccd issue, play a tape that you're sure contains a movie recording and play it, then set it to camera mode and see if you get just a black screen. if you try recording using a tape, you may see nothing but should hear the audio part. if this is what's happening we can be sure it's a ccd issue. if your camcorder just won't turn on in camera mode, maybe the power switch turned defective or it can be other parts of the unit that stopped working.if this is the case, then of course, your unit may require service to address the problem.hope this info helps.thanks:)
daer this error C:31:23 is related to the s reel and this occurs only when the tension of the tape is more, solution: 1 st try to change the tape if the problem persists then u need to take it to the service center as the tape path of the mechanical section is to be adjusted as you are telling that your camcorder is not showing remaining time (time code ) then head assy. also need to be cleaned ..try to use cleaning tape for 10 sec. not more then that .
make sure the camera internal battery is charged. using the ac charger plug the camera in for 24 hours. if the internal battery is dead then you will need to turn it in and have it replaced. that is why is says reinsert the tape
If the all the functions of the camera work (EX zoom on off ) make sure you are using Panasonic tapes, other brand of tapes might not work, and if their is a menu screen go to settings and hit default, if no default found unplug take off the battier and let sit for 24 hours
I got the dreaded reinsert tape message today and i thouht that my video taping days were over. i then made my way to this page and saw this. whack it three or four times and it will work. at first i thought what a load of crap but i tried it anyways... being really mad at the time, i showed my camera no mercy. i took out the tape and gave it 4 hard hits with my palm, put the tape back in and it worked. thanks alot, this works
Tapes may be played back by the camera itself. If the tape was shot in the 720P (HD) or 480P (SD) modes, it cannot be played back on a standard DV VCR or camera. Tapes shot in the 480i (DV) mode are completely compatible and can be played back on any DV VCR/camera. In addition, tapes can be dubbed to a JVC HD DVHS VCR via the firewire connector.