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Repair Sony DAT Walkman?

Some time back, my TCD-D8 unit's servo mechanism that's used to open the cassette slot stopped functioning. There may even be a DAT inside currently, but it's not simply stuck, as flipping the "open" switch no longer activates the servo. Power to the unit IS good. Recently, while the unit has been sitting idle, but plugged-into its power source (been that way for over a year!), the servo mechanism started making intermittent sounds, of its own volition and a second or so duration. Obviously, something has gone brain-dead in the logic. Sony, according to their web-based support site, no longer even repairs this item! I've looked around... is there someone who can, that you might know of, and would the cost be worth it? Thanks to anyone who may be able to help, here.

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  • nuibeee Jan 08, 2008

    i have a tcd-d7 , when i load a tape an 10 error code flashes on? is it worth fixing?

  • cute_petal Jan 15, 2008

    even i am facing the same problem with my sony walkman

  • signofwater Feb 19, 2008

    I have the predecessor model (TCD-D7), and had the exact same problem. With much coaxing (cycling the power and hitting eject), I was able to get it to eject, however the unit can now no longer load tapes to play or record. The loader mechanism engages and attempt to load the tape, but spins its wheels and ultimately fails.

  • Maradnus Apr 04, 2008

    I have the same problem. i am happy to do the repairs my self i just need a manual to follow. has any of you out there have any idea how or ware i get one from?

    I have taken it apart  and cleaned it fully but to no avail. 

    Any help would be great.


  • Anonymous Jun 23, 2008

    Im having a power problem with mine. :(

  • smookedawg Jan 09, 2009


    I have the same problem.

    I called Sony USA and they said they can fix the problem by servicing the unit. Also, since I'm from Canada they transferred me to Sony Canada. They too said they could fix the problem by sending the unit to their repair place. It might take 150 bucks to fix the problem but worth it all in the end.

    Call Sony and they'll be able to help. :)



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The "solution" by techman appears to be entirely inappropriate because the link he posts takes one to a company that repairs data storage units, NOT Digital Audio Tape (DAT) recorders.

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  • daviddogood Oct 03, 2010

    hi all, i still offer a repair for the sony tcd-d3 tcd-d7 and tcd-d8 dat players have a look on my website for more info. all work is guaranteed.
    andys electronic stuff


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I service all Sony portable DAT models. Please email for details:
[email protected]

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Leberman sound shows that they still repair these units.

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