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Sony evo-9850 I'm getting two error messages ( error 20 & error 90). what can i do? or what can you do for me?

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  • jhanik Aug 11, 2008

    Same thing happened to me yesterday. I pulled power, let unit sit. Then, when I powered up, I IMMEDIATELY loaded a tape and HIT PLAY. Tape started to play. No more Error 90!

    Error 20 has been happening to me for years. It means the tape is not loaded properly. Usually occurs THE FIRST TIME the unit is turned on. The only workaround I've found is to not hit "play" upon the first loading of the unit each day. Instead, we hit "Fast Forward" for a bit. Then play seems to engage without an Error 20 appearing. If that doesn't work, a second Power down/on always takes away the error.

    Let me know if you find anything further! Would love to know.


  • farnz2003 Aug 15, 2008

    i've just gotten around to attempting to use a mint-condition EVO 9850 after it sitting idle for 13 (yes thirteen) years ... i am getting error 20:  1) sometimes immediately upon loading the tape   2) after the tape has been running in PLAY mode for about 3 secs ... machine freezes ... hmm ... the unit sat well protected in a dust free climate controlled interior ... any ideas? ... appreciate your comments ... my goal is to use the deck as a play deck as i copy the hi-8 tapes to DVD ... 

  • arik500 Mar 02, 2009

    Same problem..sat for 12 years - dust free - and now error 20.
    I try to power down and up but only got it to work one time.
    Tried to FF and then hit play, but no go.



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The electrolytic capacitors are dried out.

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Anyone has an idea or a link where I can download the operating manual for the Sony EVO 9850?
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