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Manual ejection of cassette

I screwed up by plugging my Nokia phone charger into my camcorder and now nothing works. I need to eject the cassette but have no power. Can this be done mannually?

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  • desm24 Apr 18, 2008

    Canon MV920

  • desm24 Apr 18, 2008

    Canon MV920

  • desm24 Apr 18, 2008

    I have accepted that the motor is burnt. I just need to retrieve the cassette which has some valuable recording on it.

  • desm24 Apr 18, 2008

    I accidentally connected my Nokia phone charger to my Canon MV920 camcorder. Advice so far is that I have burnt the motor. I have the correct charger and battery but no power. I have accepted the camcorder is kaput but need to retrieve the cassette. Because there is no power it will not eject. How do I do this manually. I do not mind further damaging the camcorder as I have another one.

  • desm24 Apr 20, 2008

    Yes

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Did you try a different battery?

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DO NOT attempt to force this as you will cause all kinds of damage that will make the unit not worth repair. The unit can be released but it is not a simple task. Yes the unit needs to be partially dis-assembled. Any shop that deals with Sony cameras should be able to asist with this. I can try to walk you through this if you like. Post a way for me to contact you off-line and I'll try to assist. Again, DO NOT force it. You will need a small philips head screwdriver (jeweler's set will do).
Dan

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

  • ABRsvcs Apr 18, 2008

    I forgot to add. It is unlikly that the motor is damaged. There are both protection fuses as well as diodes in place to prevent internal damage to the circuits. You have blown the fuses or opened up the diodes. Both cases are easily repaired by an experienced servicer.

    Dan

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Hi desm24

Try using a nailfile , there is a very small clip that keeps the tape's door closed - push in the file and fiddle with it a bit - I have opened one like this once.

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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    Marnus Jacobs Apr 21, 2008

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    Do you honestly want to tell me you have never used a nailfile in your life ?

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Hi,

Possibly, perhaps if you can post back the make and model of the camcorder, we can be more specific as to how to go about it.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Apr 18, 2008

    Hi again desm24 and with the indulgence of ginko,

    If the objective is to simply remove the cassette irregardless of the consequence to the camera, then disassembly would be a matter of removing all screws anywhere and everywhere. The idea is to remove the side panels to expose the inside. Once the side panel is removed, the cassette can be ejected by manually turning either the loading motor or the gearing assembly that moves the cassette carriage.

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    Louie Role Apr 18, 2008

    You would need small screwdrivers similar to the ones used by jewelers as shown here. Since there is no need to be gentle on the casing you can even pry open the side where the cassette is loaded since the tape would be encase in a carriage

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    Louie Role Apr 18, 2008

    ...leave it to a feminine touch to suggest a nail file to unhook the latch. My compliments Marrie

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Which is your camcorder model?

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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    Ginko Apr 18, 2008

    Try connecting the camcorder to the original power adapter, ot to an universal power adapter with same Amps and Volts, you can buy one in any electronics shop. If the camcorder does not start at all then ythe motor is burnt. At this point you may need to partially disassemble the camera to get tape out.
    If you do not want to risk to damage the camera furtherly, it may be better to take it to a repair shop, and have the motor replaced and tape estracted.

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    Ginko Apr 18, 2008

    On some camera (eg PAnasonic, which button is on the side) , the open/release tape button is completely mechanic , and works without power. We need make and model to be more precise.

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    Ginko Apr 18, 2008

    If it is A Canon camcorder try the open unlock button on the side, this should unlock the Mini DV door, to open it completely you can force it a bit with you fingernail.
    If it does not open, then probably there is tape rolled inside the video camera. In this case Camcorder should be disassembled taking it apart (at least the mini DV slot) and tape removed.

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    Ginko Apr 18, 2008

    Another thing you could do is going to your local retailer and ask to connect to a compatible power adapter. If the camcorder works, change just the power adapter and eject the tape, otherwise have it repaired from a service center, as suggested by Canon .

    For you reference here is the manual.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Apr 18, 2008

    You do not know for sure if motor is burnt, if the camera stopped when running the tape will be rolled inside. In this case you may need an expert opening the camera to ensure preservation of data inside the camera.

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    Ginko Apr 18, 2008

    I cannot understand why you refused our solutions while troubleshooting.

    This is not the way Fixya should be used.
    Good luck and goodbye.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Apr 18, 2008

    Sure you can take a chance using a screw driver, but you risk to break the tape, if you want to take the chance.

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    Ginko Apr 18, 2008

    Use a precision screwdriver on the bottom side, as suggested by Benimur instead, you have all possible rational solutions, unless you want to open a camcorder with a chainsaw.
    Use a screwdriver on the door only if you are sure the tape is free
    Use a precision screwdriver on bottom and back of camera. You will need to unscrew about 10 or 12 small screws.

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