Question about Sony Handycam DCR-PC120 E Mini DV Digital Camcorder
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sony says the unit needs a power reset (error 31). Unplug the camera, remove the battery and wait several minutes before re-attaching the battery and/or AC cable. Then power the camera back up. The 23 code says you need to use a InfoLithium battery-- apparently these are smart batteries that give data back to the camera. These error codes seem to be quite common however, and so a hardware issue may be the case. Some users have said that removing the battery while the camera is powered on will clear the codes. Others advocate "smacking" the camera, I would not however, recommend this. www.sony.com is a good place to look for more information.
Posted on Nov 21, 2007
Had the same error message on my TRV-720, and could not come up with a solution for weeks until I found this website:
Now the fix you will not believe, nor did I at first, but requires you to power off the unit completely and "Smack it" a few times fairly hard.
Now you may do this at your risk, but I swear it fixed mine and all the other people listed at the above web site.
I thought it was a joke - but it works!!
Posted on Jul 28, 2008
SOURCE: Handycam says C:31:22
error 31:22 means camera mechanism has error in take-up reel section and micro processor isn't receiving reel signal so it shuts down playback/ record function immediately. look into take-up reel section of mechanism.
Posted on Sep 12, 2008
i know what setmaz says sounds kind of ridiculous; but i got desperate and tried it myself... i can say that as far as i go its a proven method and the camera will start working
Posted on May 14, 2009
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This is usually caused by an oxidized or defective Audio/Video drum. Try running a cleaning tape through the camera. If this does not solve the problem the camera will need to be serviced by a qualified service technician.
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