I also had the blue lines and fixed it with the tip I found here. Now, one day later, the blue lines are gone, but now the sound is intermittent and fades in and out, almost like the tape speed doesn't match the sound. What gives?
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Did you possibly hook it up right to your tv? Where was the blue screen. How do you know it recorded anything if your not sure if it works right. Is the tape moving? Sometimes it may appear to be moving and really it's not. Hear isn't a good thing with a tape recording device. I know this might sound trivial, but I would read the directions if ya got them and make sure your not skipping a step. If you record on some machines you have to switch from record back to play mode. Where is the blue screen.
It could be a couple of different issues. These things could help.
(1) Power OFF the camera, remove battery then replace the battery, power up the cam and try to eject tape again. Nothing? try...
(2) Gently press inward on the tape cover with both thumbs a few times. Then, while pressing gently inward with one hand, press the release/eject-tape function until you hear a click or release sound. Then, if it doesn't open automatically, gently "help" open the hatch.
If it remains stuck, after follwing these steps a few times it would be my guess that perhaps the camera has been dropped in a way that jammed the mechanism controlling the eject function.
TIPS that may prevent having eject problems: When loading tape, be sure to insert the tape correctly and slowly, makeing sure the tape is placed properly. Gently press on the specific location indicated to close the tape holder, and wait for the tape to "seat" properly before closing any other part of the tape cover or hatch mechanism. Taking a few extra seconds when loading the tape can save extended frustration later.
Mine did the same thing. I cleaned the head with a dry tape cleaner
then instead of just showing a blue screen it started showing a screen
with the video but with gray lines on it. Cleaned it a few more times
but it still didn't work. Finally I came up with a solution they say
not to do this but if your careful it will be fine. Get a bottle of
nail polish remover acetone free and some q-tips. Dampen one of the
q-tips make sure its only damp and not wet be sure not to get finger
oil on your q-tips. With the camera tape port ejected and open lightly
swab the head with the q-tip with nail polish remover do this as long
as you like being sure to clean the whole head once complete let it
dry for a few minutes when it drys it will be dull looking with a thin
white film on it. Take a fresh q-tip ensuring you don't touch the
cotton your going to use this to wipe the film off the head once
complete the head will look shiny. try your tape and if it works it was
a dirty head if it plays the screws up most likely your tape is dirty
or messed up.
Mine was similar - with vertical black lines on playback. Visit Bristolcameras.co.uk, enter your make and model and ask for a head cleaner. They sent me one within 4 days and that was over the Christmas period. Reasonably priced too (£3.50 + p&p) and the whole head cleaner can be used up to twice once the tape has gone from beginning to end.
Even though my husband cleaned the head with a q-tip and alcohol, I decided to purchase a cleaning tape. I popped it in and it worked in less than 15 seconds! It was expensive, $18, but not nearly expensive as a new camera!
Supreemwun, Canon support was of no help. They ****! To fix the problem this is what I figured out.
Before you start filming what you want record or just advance the tape 10 secs or so.
Record/ video whatever you planned.
Now when the thick grey lines come up on play back don't freak out.
Simply rewind the tape to the beginning and record briefly in the blank portion at the beginning (careful not to tape too long as to tape over your intended recording).
Rewind and play the thick grey lines should now be gone.
How did I figure this out just a fluke. No cleaning, no spray pretty simple. At first did not understand it but it works EVERYTIME for me. I'll deal with it until I get around to buying a new HD video camera and it won't be a Canon. Hope this helps.
This is not a problem with the tape but the camera. The only way to fix it seems to be to find an empty spot on the tape or a spot you don’t care if you record over. Then record for a second then go to video mode and you can play the tape without the blue lines. Or buy something else to play the tapes which should be fine either way. Darn camera !