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After trying the remove-and-reattach-battery exercise, I would suggest you go to the menu and find the setting for initial setup. Select that - which may reset the system. If not.. then try going to the clock and change the date/time settings, turn the camera off, remove-and-reattach the battery. Re-power the camera, go back and change date/time setting to what's current. And try to eject the tape. On one of our analog video cameras it seems like there was a tiny little hole someplace on the side of the camera that you could use a tiny small thing like a toothpick to press in there to accomplish a Reset. (It will have tiny raised letters saying "Reset" right beside the little reset hole.)
Please read page 17 (Step 3). After setting the date and time, go to page 61 and follow the instruction on how to turn on and off the date or date/time on the pictures and/or video. (Notice that you have to start a few pages before page 61 to get into setup mode.
Please note that my camera is a PRO845 model but the following info may still be helpful to you.
Look carefully on the bottom and see if you can find a tiny push button which may say ADJ (for adjustment) beside it. With a good battery if you press this button in you should be able to adjust the time and date. On most older RCA models you must also have the clock battery installed. On mine it's a thin dime sized 3V battery. Mine is a CR2025 from Maxell. Using an external power supply or a good battery you can still make the adjustments to the time and date but without the tiny back up 3V cell you will loose the setting when the battery is dead or removed as well as the power supply.
When you press the ADJ button one of the time or date figures starts flashing and then you must change the value by pressing the DATE button. Once you have the value you need you must press the ADJ button again and it will jump to the next figure. Keep repeating this until you've programmed them all.
There may be a simple explanation. Here are two possible reasons this is happening:
* You may have disconnected the power source before turning off the power to your camcorder. If you remove the power source from the camcorder while the power is on, all settings and selections will be erased. Make sure to turn the camcorder's power off before disconnecting the power source.
* This is particularly an issue for some early VHS-C camcorders – those with model numbers beginning with a "6" and ending with a "2" or "3" (i.e. CC6xx2 … CC6xx3). These camcorders have a consumer-replaceable clock battery that may be exhausted. If that battery runs dead or is removed and the main battery or AC is not connected, the camcorder will lose all its Date and Time settings.
* In some models, the date and time display is designed to do this.
When you turn on many VHS-C and digital camcorders, the Auto Date mode will display the time and date. When recording begins, the date is recorded on the tape for 5 seconds and then disappears. In the viewfinder, the date will then be replaced with the words AUTO DATE but they will not be recorded. They remain in your viewfinder so that you know this feature is on.
On full-size or VHS camcorders, the Auto Date feature is very similar. When you first turn on the camcorder, the date along with the word AUTO and a Clock icon appear in the viewfinder. When recording begins, the date is automatically recorded for 10 seconds and then disappears. In the viewfinder, the Clock icon and the word AUTO remain but they will not be recorded. They remain so that you are aware that this feature is on.
When using the Auto Date feature, be aware that the time is only recorded when you first turn on the camcorder and begin a recording session. It does not record each time you press the record button.
There are a number of time and date display and recording options. Since these vary by model number, please refer to your owner’s manual for more details.