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I bought a samsung easy Q SCL810 HI8 camcorder to play back my tapes, I got it home and it played my old tapes back! but 2 days later it won't play anything back. It looks like I am taping when I push the record button but when i go to play it back it is just snow. any help??

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Same problem, same frustration. Just flashing, won't open to insert tape, Battery relatively new. Is there any way to get it to open to put in tape? I hate this technology, not along far enough.

Posted on Feb 03, 2008

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SOURCE: Problems with playback of HI8 tapes...

What's happening is that the tape in the cassette is being chewed on one side by the camera's tape transporting mechanism during playback, hence the distorted image and sound. The mechanism might be damaged (misalignment) or just dirty. Try not to play other tapes on this unit because they will become permanently damaged. The best way is to find another camcorder (if cleaning does not help). Note that some old cassettes of long recording time will exhibit this behavior more often because of thinner tape used.

Posted on Jun 21, 2008

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SOURCE: My camcorder constantly tells me to reinsert the

Do you really mean Hi8 tapes? This camcorder (Sony DCR-HC42) accepts only miniDV tapes.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Hi! I have many 8mm and Hi8 camcorder tapes which

hi,wath i think that is the tape pathern on the camera is different from one to the other, and as
to be adjust and clean the head system,because the traking pulse as to be match for both camera
you will need to see a camera tech because it as to be made with an oscilloscope.
hope that will help you, thats all i can do from here
regrads Alan.

Posted on Dec 25, 2010

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SOURCE: I can't play back tapes

It's not your recorder, it's the different formats other cams are using. Your's is one of the higher end units vs the "Ebay specials"

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