I cannot get the machine to play DVCAM tapes, it will play Mini DV tapes perfectley. I can hear it playing and fast forwarding, but the counter doesn't move and there is no picture or sound. I have tried several different tapes, including ones that have played in the past, but none of them work.
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If you are referring to the JVC GR-DVL520, yes it does play Mini DV tapes, as well as records to them. It will not play Mini DV tapes that were recorded on an HDV camera. HDV is used by any Mini DV camera that records HD video.
You need to use longer tapes. The DER-11 is a DVCAM deck which when recording, uses a faster tape speed then mini DV. Think of your older VCR's. They had SP, two hours, and EP or SLP, which would be six hours. The SP speed would give a better picture. DVCAM is more like an SP recording except digital and a lot better. More information is laid down on the tape.
You'll have to jump up to the full size DVCAM tapes in order to record the full hour.
these errors mean the folowing:
02-291: failed to complete winding a tape.
02-275: detected T reel FG during threading.
02-696: Detected abnormal detectiion of S and T reel rotation during play and Rec.
The second and third faults indicate a fault with the board containing the driver for the reel motors. Unless you have the service manual i suggest you buy and replace the board.
It is the DR-428 board.
If the problem only shows with Mini DV tapes, it can be a tape guide issue or a mchanism loading problem where the tape is not being properly "seated" into the tape mechanism. You will need to use an oscilloscope to look at the RF waveform coming off the tape to try and figure out where your problem is.