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Error message "push the reset switch"

We can't use our camera because of the error message"push the reset switch", which doesn't go away after you push the reset button. Each time I attempt to conduct a command ie record, forward wind or rewind I get the command push the reset button. It also eats the tape. I currently see a blicking symbol, which is a red rectangle with circle and slash in it.

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Set the cam. to whatever you're going to do, record or play. Check the DV tape record/play tab is in the correct position. Turn cam on. open clamshell; insert tape correctly and always push PUSH to close and start the loading sequence.

A couple of things to avoid. When playing a tape, never press tape rewind without pressing stop tape first, the cam. will likely jam. Reported here early last year.

Make sure the cam. strap is pulled clear of the clamshell when opening it. It needs to open fully to start the transport opening sequence. Don't repeatedly load and unload the tape without running it

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Pull the battery out to reset it. Get a DV tape cleaner to clean out the tape deck.

That should solve both.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

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