Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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DCR-HC42 Am on vacation and camera is now telling me to re-insert cassette. Can't rewind tape either

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  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2008

    Load cassette, turn it on, then message says re-load cassette. Door to cassette compartment only works half way. After fiddling with power, can get the cassette door to open and close all the way, but not with cassette. Tried several brands of cassettes, no joy.

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2008

    we have same problem, I read its a humidity problem. I put it on a de-hu

    midifier for a couple days then it will wrok for a while. I am looking for a better fix as well.


  • malikawoof Jul 20, 2008

    When I put the cassette in, the camcorder tells me to reinsert the cassette and flashes C:31:42.  The carriage moves slowly when I try to load or unload the cassette.  I have inserted various cassettes, switched from the battery to the power outlet, reset the camera.  None of it alters the error message or allows me to record or playback a tape.

  • Anonymous Aug 01, 2008

    I've had this camera for a few years and this has been a constant problem. I stumbled upon a group of users with the same issue. Over the course of several months the prevailing wisdom on that group seemed to be to hit the side of the camera. Of course that does not seem like the right thing to do for delicate electronics. Never found a better solution however and sony has been useless on the matter. Mine has finally given up so a new camera is in order. but not a sony.

  • rickramos Sep 26, 2008

    i insert the cassette it only goes halfway in.......

  • frankogrly Nov 19, 2008

    Same problem, says to reinsert the cassette. Changing cassettes and power source doesn't make any difference.

  • Anonymous Nov 24, 2008

    Same problem as everyone else. No solution?

  • jaws40170 Dec 03, 2008

    Telling me to re insert cassette, will close with no tape in.

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2008

    Same problem......cassette wont go in all the way even if i reset it. Tells me to reload each time.

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    same thing. Cassette only goes in halfway, doesn't sound right when it goes in either.

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  1. I'm having the exact same problem. It wont accept the cassette...only half way then errors. It will close fully without a cassette as well. hmmmmm
Comment by Guest, posted on Apr 02, 2008 Load cassette, turn it on, then message says re-load cassette. Door to cassette compartment only works half way. After fiddling with power, can get the cassette door to open and close all the way, but not with cassette. Tried several brands of cassettes, no joy.

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