Question about Sony Handycam DCR-TRV900E Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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No signal, only blue lcd-monitor, when playing my footage, yesterday it was ok. also trouble with recording

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  • thfilm Jun 24, 2008

    The optical viewfinder is showing an image with five broad horisontal stripes. 


    Collegues say that the heads may be dirty ? And that the trv900e has problems with showing images shot with fex a CanonXM2,  which is the case here.


    But I head problems with a new cassette as well, the tc starts at 00:00 at every take and I get no viewing of the takes. Dirty heads ?


    kindley regards
    Trygve Hagen
    shortfilm director
    thfilm@online.no

  • thfilm Jun 24, 2008

    No problems with the battery or power supply.


    The playback mis now ok. The heads probably dirty. I used the cleaning cassette.


    But still no recording signals on the new cassette. Could it be something wrong with the sey up, format or things like that ?


    trygve hagen

  • thfilm Jun 25, 2008

    I got no answer on the comment sent to me today. Why ?


    Trygve Hagen thfilm

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Hi,

A blue screen often indicates the absence of a usable video signal, in effect it is video muting. If your unit uses the Mini DV PAL cassette format, this could be brought about by dirty heads. Try cleaning the video heads. Often this would have to be done manually but you could also try if you can get a cleaning tape ( Mini DV PAL cassette format) that would fit your Camcorder. Dirty heads would affect both playback and recording. To confirm, you could try playing an old tape known to be good.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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    Louie Role Jun 24, 2008

    Glad that for now the playback is working.

    This type of camcorder uses the same head for playback and recording and since it works on playback, it would be safe to assume that it would also work in recording. Since still issues during record mode, the problem lies elsewhere.

    As some camcorders have a built-in RESET button, check for a RESET button. Please refer to the Instruction Manual supplied with the camera for specific information regarding the availability of this button and its function. If there is no RESET button available, follow through the steps below to reset the camcorder.
    To Reset the Camcorder:
    1. Turn off the Camcorder
    2. Remove the battery from the Camcorder.
    3. Remove the AC Power Adapter from the Camcorder.
    4. Move the Camcorder power switch to the ON position.
    Note: Leave the switch in the ON position for at least 15 seconds.
    5. Move the Camcorder power switch to the OFF position.
    6. Connect the AC Power Adapter to the Camcorder.
    7. Turn on the Camcorder.

    Additionally, pls try a different brand of cassette/tape for your recording.

    You might find this page interesting if not informative.


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Did you test if the battery was charged?

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Have you checked your battery

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Did you try resetting the camera by turning it off, taking out the battery and removing any other source of power? Try this first to hard reset the camera.

Does the optical viewfinder function or is it also blue?

Hopefully hard resetting will solve your problem but if not then there may be an electronics fault in your camera.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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    Dean Joly Jun 24, 2008

    If you record do you see the picture fine? Is you problem only during playback? If it's like that all the time then in my opinion you have an electronics fault you your most likely have to replace the main electronics board in the camera which may or may not be difficult to find.

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    Dean Joly Jun 25, 2008

    Ok, so playback is OK, good. Now, when you say there is no record signal going to the cassette, are you seen the image in the viewfinder and on the LCD? If so then the problem is with the recording mechanism or electronics. If you get no picture at the viewfinder either then the problem is either optical or with the processing circuitry.

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