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Sony PVW-2800 Beta SP Deck / Tape wont load - Error 20

Sony PVW-2800 Beta SP Deck / Tape wont load - Error 20

Anyone know how to translate error messages?

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Error 20 is "Cassette compartment motor lock" this is meaning the cassette loading mech is not accepting the tape It could be miss-aligned in it's position or one of the sensors is defective or the motor is bad

Posted on Jul 30, 2008

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    my pvw 2800 will only accept small tapes it wont accept the large 60 min tapes it is giving me the error code20

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A frayed/ broken flex cable in the cassette carriage - It makes the system think you are loading a small tape, so it does not pull the reels apart so the tape just jams half way down.
$10 or so from Sony repairer.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012

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