20 Most Recent Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini DV Digital Camcorder Questions & Answers

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Reinsert cassette

Trust me on this one....with tape still in unit and battery removed, smack both sides of unit firmly 3-4 times with the heel of your hand. It works 9 out of 10 times on all Sony cameras. I was quoted $170 to just look at the camera and then a probable $290 to replace the cassette loader mechanism. I told them it wasn't worth it. I checked other Sony blogs addressing the same issue and with out fail smacking the ...cking thing is the only way around it. Apparently it frees up a stuck part. Give it hell.
7/23/2021 6:04:37 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Jul 23, 2021
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Video Head cleaning

Tape is by itself also abrasive so you might just try running a long length tape from the beginning to the end to see if that does the trick. If that does not do it then you either have a badly clogged video head or a bad unit. You might also want to consider using Carbon tet or equivalent chemical on head assembly.
6/14/2017 2:07:08 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Jun 14, 2017
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Md80 mini dv manual

Google tha make and model, followed by the word manual
4/27/2017 11:39:19 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Apr 27, 2017
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My camcorder constantly tells me to reinsert the

Do you really mean Hi8 tapes? This camcorder (Sony DCR-HC42) accepts only miniDV tapes.
11/2/2014 2:53:06 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Nov 02, 2014
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Why do the sound go in and out on a sony camcorder

Could be the recording head is dirty. Run a cleaning tape through it and see if that makes a difference. Do NOT stick anything in the works to try and clean the heads by hand.
8/29/2014 11:40:02 AM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Aug 29, 2014
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Sony pd 177p viiiiwfinder has disappeared even when LCD panel is closed

i am very sure the flexible cable connecting the view finder is faulty
3/19/2014 3:07:19 PM • Sony Handycam... • Answered on Mar 19, 2014
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