Question about Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Sony dcr-hc42: Tape won't load

I had a little difficulty getting a tape out. After I did get it out I now cannot get the tape shuttle to go all the way in with a tape. It works fine without a tape. All of the rollers seem to be inplace and move as though to pull the tape in. But with a tape in the shuttle just stops about midway down. Michael

Posted by Michael Hartigan on

  • Michael Hartigan Dec 20, 2006

    UPDATE: Fixed this problem with the "Whack-A-Cam"! solution I found onhttp://www.camerahacker.com/Forums/Displ...

    Seems lots of people have this issue starting with Error Code C:31:23 or error code 31:32 or 31:40, all starting with error code 31. Seemed like about 50 people spaning a couple of models including TRV to DCR have had success with this method. Some foreign matter must get stuck inside.

    -Michael

  • spaciovip Jul 02, 2008

    I have a DCR - HC42 Sony my tape is not enter, only half, and apear C:31: error, you can help me? thank you

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Anonymous

The open handed smack to the tape side actually worked. We were just about to buy a new camcorder after all of the repair shops said that it would cost more to repair than to buy new. There's nothing like beat to fit.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008

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Anonymous

Michael - Thanks for the solution! I too had the exact same issue. I used the "whack-a-cam" technique and it now works perfectly! I am very careful with my electronics and have only recorded 8 one-hour tapes. I was surprised that the camera started to malfunction with relatively little use. This is my 4th Sony video camera and I have never had one go bad. I have only upgraded the cameras due to recording formats. Thanks again! -Kevin

Posted on Jan 04, 2007

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