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DSR-11 stopped outputting anything

I recently had to open up my DSR-11 twice to remove eaten tapes. Now the deck works fine (tape goes in fine, plays rewinds, etc.), but does not output any signal via firewire or video/audio out (no TC either). It can be controlled by firewire, though. Any thoughts? THANKS!

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    It appears I have a similar problem. FCP reads that the DSR-11 is there and working, but when I hit "play"...no picture or sound. I have an external monitor hooked up...I can read and adjust menu items...but again, no audio or video. Cabel is good...FCP is good. Tape plays back fine from my camera (GL2)...but not through DSR. I suspect a fried firewire connection...which seems prevalent in these decks. Anyone have any solutions before I send it off for repairs?
    Also...any recommendations about repair places?

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I have almost the same problem!  Did you ever figure out what happened?  Here's what I had posted yesterday:
Tech Friends - 
I recently got a non-sony tape stuck in my DSR-11 (bummer) and was forced to extricate it using the "my tape got stuck in the DSR - 11" article's method of removing the top cover and highest level of circuit board:  
http://www.fixya.com/support/t178954-tape_stuck_inside

This worked for the tape removal, however, upon replacing the circuit board and cover, the deck no longer seems to be able to do anything with video or audio.  It still communicates with FCP via its firewire connection (ie FCP is able to control FF, rewind, play functions, etc), but it seems unable to read or write video.  Also, we use it as an A - D converter box between a Beta SP deck and thecomputer (actually, this is the deck's main function here).  Even when I switch it to the correct setting (video) and check to make sure that everything is plugged in correctly (trust me, I checked, it is), I get the "there is no video here" error message. 
Also, after trouble shooting the drive for a little while, I pressed the "reset" button the the rear.  I'm not sure if that matters one way or the other.  I don't think it does (that just resets the time code, right?) 
The question is, would this be a case of "fried firewire jack" such as it seems so many of us DSR - 11 owners have?  Could I have done any frying myself by not having myself properly grounded when opening the shell?  Is there anyone who knows the answer?  Help!  I can't digitize my video!
Comment by eltriunfo, posted on Sep 05, 2008 The Plot Thickens... 
Okay, I've checked all of the FCP settings and played with the deck more and it's only confused me more.  I can now get it to not only be controlled by the computer, but actually print audio and video to mini dv tape.  Also, I can record from my Beta SP deck to miniDV tape in the deck (connected through the "video" input on the rear of the unit).  In other words, the deck seems to function perfectly doing everything except for converting analogue to digital passively.  The way we always did it before was by keeping the input switch on the face of the unit on "video" and log and capturing in FCP with it as a noncontrolable ntsc device.  This makes me understand it less.  It means to me that it is not a broken switch, it's not a broken firewire port, everything works perfectly EXCEPT for using the unit as an A-D converter.  What the dill-yo?  If anyone in the world could offer any insight as to what could be causing this I would greatly appreciate it!

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These problems are caused by a dirty tape path. If you are not getting video from the composite out or the firewire. You can try a cleaning tape but only for a short time. If that doesn't work, it'll need to be professionally cleaned.

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