Question about Sony Dvcam DSR-PD170 DV Digital Camcorder

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I have a PD170 camera. Whenever I turn the camera on the record function, a yellow tape-with-slash icon appears to the left of a yellow eject icon. It refuses to record. However, when switching to the Play function, it plays back the tape just fine. It just has this problem on the Record function. Prior to this problem, it had been doing something strange with resetting itself every time the battery was charged and had been placed back into the camera.

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The most likely thing I would suspect, is that possibly the cmos type battery inside the camera on the circuit board died- it's the small battery on the circuit board for the firmware that holds the time and settings when the camera's main batteries are not inserted. That's what I suspect with the resetting problem.
I think you have a different problem going on with the tape. The icon is indicating that the camera isn't detecting the tape correctly, and that's usually caused by a sensor or switch, that gets activated when the tape loads around the head. Chances are the tape deck needs cleaning, and that might solve the problem. I don't recommend people servicing these, since they're hard to clean and regrease correctly without taking them partially apart.
You're going to, however, have to take it apart to chance the cmos/firmware battery, so you might be able to access the tape mech. If you google "cleaning tape decks on camcorders" you will some sites that explain how. Although each tape deck might have some physical differences, they're like cars, and the main components are similar in structure and fuction.
If you elect to have it repair, Panasonic will repair it, or you can try a local camera shop. Get an estimate first, just to keep them honest (and you forwarned about the cost).
Good luck, and hope this helps.

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