Question about Sony Handycam HDR-HC3 HDV Digital Camcorder

2 Answers

Loading tapes camcorder will not load the tape, the cassette compartment mechanism will not close and just ejects the tape.Compartment does close when empty, the tapes are ok, I have loaded them into another camcorder without a problem. Same issue, my MV800i just stopped taking the cassette. It just beeps a little, and then ejects the cassette everytime. Tried different cassettes which work in a friends camera. Charged battery fully. I came on this website looking for a solution. Only to find, it is a common problem to which no one has any answers. SONY HDV 8080i (HDR-HC7) camcorder will not load the tape, the cassette compartment mechanism will not close and just opens the tray when moving the case.

Posted by on

  • 3 more comments 
  • lxdd Apr 11, 2008

    mechanism will not close either with or without tape.  

  • Anonymous Jul 10, 2008

    Same problem - when you push the tape in it whirrs then beeps twice and spits the tape out - tried charging, new tapes etc etc - 18 months old and hardly used - livid!

  • kabybb Apr 27, 2009

    Hello,
    I have just had the same problem occur on my machine and wondered whether you eventually solved your problem?
    Regards,

  • mdchina May 16, 2009

    The tape will not load. I have used it less then 30 hours total. Sony should be very concerned as it seems that a technical problem is occurring that is a design issue. Does anyone know where I may get it fixed at Sony's expense. Today is my son's birthday and I just missed the reaction to gifts etc. So disappointed that I can't begin to explain.

  • fnayebi May 17, 2009

    I am having the same problem. My wife just had a little talk with the camera, and the camera listened. It took the cassette!

×

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

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

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I had a similar issue where the tape bay would not lock in and engage the motor mechanism to load the tape. I removed the battery from the unit and let it stand for approximately a minute then reinserted the battery. The tape drawer closed first without a tape then reopened with no issue. I then inserted a new tape with no issue. I guess it needed a hard reboot.

Posted on Jun 07, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Sharp VL-Z7U cassette door will not shut - with or without tape.


Always use the camcorder with the battery and power button on.

Does the cassette compartment close without the tape ? If yes. then we have hope.

Now insert the tape and press to close the compartment as usual. Does it close or reject every time ?
If it rejects, then very slightly nudge the three tiny figures of the mechanism where the two wheels of the tape fit.
Now the tape will sit inside the compartment and lower itself.


If it still ejects, then very slightly press the base metal (where the tape rests once loaded but) without the tape. This is the largest metal piece visible closest to the hinge and door.


The tape will load properly now.


You could face error DEW or 007. Both are known errors.
DEW is really due to moisture in the air. Try on hot dry place.
for 007 error, you would need to carefully clear with one index figure the reading head. Remember all parts of the camcorder are delicate and need carefull handling.


Never use any tools, fluids, fabric or tissue.


Let me know if this solves.


I am looking for USB driver for Windows 7 and the method to extract from tape as I do not have Firewire (Ieee 1394) any more in my laptop and desktop.




Jan 06, 2013 | Sharp Viewcam VL-Z7U Mini DV Digital...

1 Answer

Canon ZR500 won't close cassette bay


If your camcorder experiences an error, you may be presented with a ?Remove the Cassette? message. There are several reasons that this message may appear, but it is essentially a safety warning that is designed to protect the camcorder and/or tape from damage. The camcorder?s tape drive mechanism is made up of many precision components that, once damaged, may cause further problems if the mechanism continues to operate. When a problem is detected the safety mechanism is activated. The ?Remove the Cassette? warning and the camcorder?s safety mode may be activated by a variety of conditions such as: 1. Condensation is detected ? If condensation is detected by the camcorder, the ?Remove the Cassette? warning may occur. 2. Component failure ? If an electrical or mechanical component in the camcorder fails, the safety mode may activate to prevent any further damage to the camcorder. 3. Sand or grit damage ? The camcorder?s tape drive mechanism consists of many tiny gears. Sand or grit can cause a gear to jam and stop turning. This will cause the camcorder's safety mode to activate. 4. Impact damage ? If a camcorder is accidentally dropped or bumped against a hard surface, it is possible that a misalignment of the tape drive mechanism may occur. 5. Liquid damage ? If either the camcorder or the tape is exposed to water or any other liquid, a variety of malfunctions may result. Please avoid this situation. 6. Improper videotape insertion ? If a tape is forced into the cassette compartment, or if the cassette compartment is pressed down while the tape is loading, damage may occur to the tape drive mechanism. Please refer to the User's Manual. 7. Damaged or defective tape ? If a tape becomes damaged, please discontinue its use. Operational Recovery Steps Depending on the conditions that caused this message to appear, it is possible that the camcorder operation may recover. Please follow these steps: 1. Eject the videotape Insert a new or known good videotape. If the message does not persist, it is possible that the tape was damaged. If the camcorder still displays the message with a new tape, please proceed to step 2. 2. If condensation had been detected causing the Remove the Cassette warning, remove the cassette, and allow at least one hour for the moisture to dry. If the "Remove the Cassette" message continues, the camcorder may require service. Please contact Canon USA's Tech Support Center at 1 (800) 828-4040. Technical support hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00 midnight; and Saturday 10:00am - 8:00pm (all times EST). Alternatively, if electronic support is preferred, please send your email to carecenter@cits.canon.com.

Aug 27, 2007 | Canon ZR500 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

1 Answer

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.

Dec 10, 2008 | Sony Handycam HDR-HC7E DV Digital...

2 Answers

Mv800i camcorder


well there are certain cassettes made for that camcorder. i suggest you search for what the are called and then you can buy them

May 26, 2008 | Canon MV800i Mini DV Digital Camcorder

1 Answer

Remove tape error message


  1. Condensation is detected – If condensation is detected by the camcorder, the “Remove the Cassette” warning may occur.
  2. Component failure – If an electrical or mechanical component in the camcorder fails, the safety mode may activate to prevent any further damage to the camcorder.
  3. Sand or grit damage – The camcorder’s tape drive mechanism consists of many tiny gears. Sand or grit can cause a gear to jam and stop turning. This will cause the camcorder's safety mode to activate.
  4. Impact damage – If a camcorder is accidentally dropped or bumped against a hard surface, it is possible that a misalignment of the tape drive mechanism may occur.
  5. Liquid damage – If either the camcorder or the tape is exposed to water or any other liquid, a variety of malfunctions may result. Please avoid this situation.
  6. Improper videotape insertion – If a tape is forced into the cassette compartment, or if the cassette compartment is pressed down while the tape is loading, damage may occur to the tape drive mechanism. Please refer to the User's Manual.
  7. Damaged or defective tape – If a tape becomes damaged, please discontinue its use.
Operational Recovery Steps
Depending on the conditions that caused this message to appear, it is possible that the camcorder operation may recover. Please follow these steps:
  1. Eject the videotape
    Insert a new or known good videotape. If the message does not persist, it is possible that the tape was damaged. If the camcorder still displays the message with a new tape, please proceed to step 2.
  2. If condensation had been detected causing the Remove the Cassette warning, remove the cassette, and allow at least one hour for the moisture to dry.

Nov 19, 2007 | Canon Elura 100 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

1 Answer

The cassette holder isn't closing......and the tape is not loading


Hi
See if this works--If you are on battery there may not be enough power .Charge the battery or use the the mains power through the transformer and see if it works.
Hope this helps
Jay

Nov 17, 2007 | Sony DCR-PC55E Mini DV Digital Camcorder

5 Answers

Loading tapes


I had the same Problem. My Solution was i open the camera, then i take the batery away. I put the tape into and close the camera, then i put the battery into and the camera close with the tape

Nov 05, 2007 | Sony Handycam CCD-TRV40 Camcorder

1 Answer

Cassette warning


The switch is board monted and is actuated by the loading compartment when it is closed near the rear of the cabinet. It requires an extensive tear down to remove the board before the switch can be replaced. There are other problems that occur also. Does the drum spin up? If so, then the tape is rcognized but its another problem. Good luck, magic seadog

Aug 12, 2007 | JVC (GRAXM18US) Camcorder

2 Answers

Cannon ZR 60 camcoder Cassette copartment does not open


Loading unit problem is a common mechanical problem in camcorders. To remedy the problem, trained tech need to disassemble the mechanical system around the loading and replace few broken gears (plastics) and adjust it. Repair cost may run close to half of the new camcorder. If you really got to repair this camera for some sentimental reason or for special needs otherwise better to invest the repair charge into a new camcorder.

Mar 15, 2007 | Canon ZR60 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sony Handycam HDR-HC3 HDV Digital Camcorder Logo

1,663 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sony Video Cameras Experts

Larry Stiles
Larry Stiles

Level 2 Expert

286 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

96683 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17129 Answers

Are you a Sony Video Camera Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...