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When I connect my Sony TR350E to the TV there is no on either camera or playback.
When I disconnect just the Audio lead from the TV end, touch the lead up against the outside rim of the "in" audio and at the same time press the eject button- the picture is just beautiful. BUT it only lasts as long as the eject process. As soon as the "eject" motor stops whirring it is back to square 1. Similarly it only works if the audio lead is just touching the rim of the audio jack on the TV. If the audio lead is plugged in (or disconnected completely)- no picture.
The audio works fine on playback and camera through the TV when all leads are connected correctly.

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  • tracey007 Aug 31, 2008

    When I connect my Sony TR350E to the TV there is no PICTURE on either camera or playback.- Correction to first sentence (Tracey007)

  • tracey007 Aug 31, 2008

    Thanks for a quick reply VOTIT. I could not see the picture you posted. I don't get the feeling it is a loose connection because there is no intermitancy. It is almost as if touching the audio lead to the outside rim on the TV and hitting the eject button creates a circuit (earth?) that powers something to restore the picture output.

    The camera itself operates OK-ie record and playback tapes internally- just no picture to the TV without the above.

    What does the small round internal battery do? I have tested it and it appears to have no charge at all.


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You better check for loose connection or cold solder joint,Unfortunately, the solder connection alone is often used to make both the electronic as well as the mechanical connections. Solder is made up of 60% lead and 40% tin, so it can not be expected to do the mechanical job for long. Designing larger circuit board traces does help to increase the surface area as well as strengthen the pad and the trace leading to it. To minimize stress to the soldered connections, physically heavy components — as well as all frequently used switches and connectors — should first be mechanically secured to the PCB. Video Out Genius needed - joint.jpgFigure 1 has been magnified and enhanced to show four solder pads that have potentially cold joints. Counter-clockwise from lower right, the initial problem isn't so easy to spot, just a slightly "grey" or frosted joint, with each counter-clockwise joint getting progressively worse. This is what ultimately happens when a little pressure is applied over and over again via both mechanical stress and repeated heating and cooling cycles. This would be the case in any studio and especially on the road. Once in this state, the connector could easily be removed from the circuit board with little effort, without soldering. Sometimes the solder connection holds up, but the junction of the PCB trace and the PCB pad will break.

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