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Tapedeck won't go down

The tapedeck of my sony HDR HDC 7 HD 1080i
is open and won't take in the tape.
what happened:
last i used one battery up tom the limit,
wanted to load but loading-lamp lights up for about 5 min
then stops. changed battery. display showed the "no tape" icon
even though there was a tape inside. opened the deck
and since could not close it propperly.
switching on the camera doesn't help, seems even the opposite:
having left the camera for a couple of hours it now says
switch out because of condensation.
mechanical problem?
big problem, sitting in paris with no idea where to go to fix it
and it's easterholidays.
please! help!

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  • eguerra176 Nov 11, 2008

    Can anyone tell me how to fix this problem becuase I feel like writing to Sony and letting them know that their product SUX...

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SOURCE: Tape won't load

Was having a similar problem but the tape would not even partially load. Spent several hours, over the course of several days trying to figure how to fix this and found the following solution to a similar problem on this site. I tried it as a last resort...it worked! Now I just need to figure out what to tell my wife when she asks me "how" I fixed the camera???? Here is what I did...I allowed the mechanism to close without a tape inserted (the only way it WOULD close), gave it a solid - but gentle - whack on the tape side of the camcorder with the palm of my hand...sort of like burping a baby. I said a little prayer to the saint of hopeless causes (St. Jude Thaddeus)...slid the open/eject button, opened the door, slid a tape in, gently pushed it down (where it says "push") and ...the mechanism closed!!! Not sure if the "fix" will last but we'll see and report back if the problem crops up again.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007

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SOURCE: loading tapes

I have the same problem. If I remove the battery for a few seconds, then replace the battery and wait about 5 seconds, the tape compartment closes.

Posted on May 06, 2009

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SOURCE: loading tapes

Sony HDR models that the carriage won't close is caused by the mode switch on the chassis. The mode switch controls the cameras function for loading and loading of the cassette. Basically tells the electronics what is happening. This becomes dirty and causes the chassis not to complete it's cycle on eject. Thus staying open. It has no idea where the mechanism is at this time. It can be cleaned and realigned but the chassis needs to be removed to get at it. Definitely a service depot repair. Sorry!

Posted on May 02, 2011

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