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JVC GR-DVL310 minDV camera plays with Red stripes or bars accross video..

I cleaned the head with a Q-TIP with alcohol since I was losing sound and picture quality on an old tape..Now all my tapes as well as new recordings play back with wide red bars accross the screen..any ideas?

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Tom
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  • tomthur Jul 30, 2008

    I tried cleaning the head again and the bars are now Blue instead of red..



    tom

  • tomthur Jul 30, 2008

    Not sure what a Shamy cloth is but used a Panasonic MiniDV Dv head cleaner to no avail..hard to reach the head..you mean rub some lint free cloth around the head?



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  • tomthur Jul 30, 2008

    Not sure what a chamos stick is..my head cleaning tape didn't work..hard to reach the head..other ways to clean the qtip lint out of the head?

  • tomthur Jul 30, 2008

    I want to be sure people know this is a Mini DV cassette video Camera..and I wonder if head replacement is necessary or if I need to try a "Chamos stick" ? How much should head replacement cost? Is it worth it?

    Tom

  • tomthur Jul 30, 2008

    Would a local repair shop be the place for such an elaborate mechanism. Do you think the head was damaged by the Qtip or the alcohol or likely some other part of the mechanism?

    Tom

  • tomthur Jul 30, 2008

    A local workshop for "tape pathing" or mail it in? Did you say use a business card to try to rotate the head past it to clean it?

    tom

  • tomthur Jul 30, 2008

    I'm trying to figure out if it's fixable at home with a "CHamos Stick" or "tape pathing" cleaning? Or if I need to replace the head?
    Should it be a local shop?

    Tom

  • tomthur Jul 30, 2008

    re: "You should use a real tape cleaner on a casette so that the whole tape path gets cleaned. Especially the rubber take up rollers."
    I did use a panasonic miniDv head cleaner tape..I assume this is what you mean but still getting red bars accross my video..do i need a new head, is it worth fixing or should I get a new camera?

  • tomthur Jul 30, 2008

    Thanks Dan,

    You think a local shop near San Francisco could actually fix thins problem or do I need to send the camera away? To who?

    thanks,

    Tom

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This is a hardware problem,is need to clean the circuit board and reheat or resoldering work's,so it will back to normal again.It better you bring it to JVC service center for hardware works..

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As a camera tech, I can say that using the "Q-tip" was the worse thing you could do. As Robotek said. these heads are extremely fragile. In all likelyhood, you have damaged one of the read heads or completely clogged it up. If the tape does not pass over the heads in the correct fashion, the tape won't be read correctly. Since this is a digital recording, the digital dropout can show up as you describe. At this point, you need to get this professionally cleaned and aligned. The pinch roller is not an issue here and a cleaning tape has no effect on it.

Please keep us posted.
Thanks,
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  • ABRsvcs Jul 30, 2008

    Unfortunately, JVC is particular about service manuals etc. Look for an authorized JVC service center close by. That is your best bet.



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  • ABRsvcs Jul 30, 2008

    If the information provided resolves your problem, I would appreciate a rating that reflects it as that is the only way we get feedback for our efforts.



    Thanks,

    Dan

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Almost all of the tapeheads are cleanable with any cloth soft and some some liquid cleaning or try to buy tape cleaner the one that has a liquid filled on the tape like. hope that helps!


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    if you cant buy that cleaner then try to buy a new dv tape. just run it to your player until it finish to remove some dirt on the tapehead.

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You should use a real tape cleaner on a casette so that the whole tape path gets cleaned. Especially the rubber take up rollers.

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Hi

I suggest to you to bring your unit in electronics shop or go to this links that can help you! Click here

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Alcohol can be too harsh on the head of your cam, probably seeped into further inside the cam and caused the problem. I suggest you bring it to a repair shop before attempting to do anything that could cause further damage to you cam. Hope this helps.

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The head may be damaged in the process of the cleaning which is leading to this problem , try to use a head cleaner cassette for the player , if this did not help then you need to replace the head of the camera :::

Please use this link to replace the head..

http://www.advancecamera.com/repair/

http://www.precisioncamera.com/


Good luck...

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Hi there
You should never use a q tip for headcleaning. It can damage the head. You should try to use chamois whipe of a plain business card to rotate the ehad paste. the heads are ferrite and very fragile/brittle

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    Cleaning the heads on the rotating drum assembly can be a finicky job on a cam corder. I suggest trying a head cleaner caassette first and if that does not fix the problem, take the camera in to a workshop for the tape pathg to be cleaned by a pro. Should cost you a little more than min charge.

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You probably got a piece of q-tip stuck in the video head. try to run a chamos stick over the small pickups at the base of the drum from side to side, never up and down and you should be able to clean out the residue and fix your problem.

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