My camera will not accept any tape be it old or new. The machine will retract with no tape but when closed with a tape it will not retract and then beeps with the screen message "remove the tape". If anyone can help with this problem I'd appreciate it greatly. I've taken the battery out and replaced it plus replaced the back up battery. Anna
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Re: tape won't load
There are different designs on how this works. One design there is a small pin inside that detects if you have the right tape installed. It has a very small spring which allows it to move back and forth it may have broken with normal use. (it happens) With a small flashlight look very carefully inside. You may or may not be able to see it. It may be located under the alum carrier and hidden. Worth a look. If you find it try to reattach the spring if in fact you see it. But I doubt you can because you need to get goo access to it.
In any case, you most likely will need to take it in for repair. The tape carriers for these cameras are fragile and easily damaged.
Wish I could give you and easy fix.
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If a tape "hung" up and it won't accept one you have a loading issue.
The unit may use a belt to drive the tray or a geared mechanism.
In any case someone needs to open the unit up to "see" what is happening. Most of these a tape can be inserted with power off and manually cycled into the unit to see the issue---we usually use a old cassette with the tape inside removed to avoid issues.
If you cannot do that consider looking for a shop who will (some no longer work on this type of equipment.)
My name is Rick and I am the owner and technician of Discount Camera Repair. The problem you are experiencing can be repaired fairly inexpensively but will require disassembly by a qualified technician. The camera will need to be disassembled to remove the tape mechanism and then the tape mechanism will need to be disassembled to repair. If I can be of any help please call or email me and I'll get the camera working for you.
The fault seems to be in the sensor and the mode switch of the loading system which is connected with the main controller processor and loading driver. This can be a failure of the tape end detector which is a IR - infra red- emitter which is placed in the center of the tape tray and MUST feed continuous signal to the END IR detectors placed at either ends. Also the tape seems to load with a false detection of the cassette within when the tray is closed for this reason of the failure along with a possible misplaced mode switch settings. This triggers to make the loading move without a reason and so can be due to failure of the the mode switch or unbalanced settings.You will need some experience to remove the tray unit, then check on the IR sensors and also check the settings of the loading drive and mode switch.
This is usually caused by a defective component in the tape detection circuitry and will require disassembling the camera to repair. This can usually be done fairly inexpensively. However, it's not really a user serviceable problem and should be done by a qualified service technician.
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I had the same problem. With the camera on, keep taking the battery off
and putting it back on. Start to close the door and then open it.
Eventually you should hear it try to move. Keep doing it and it should
move down all the way.
try this quick fix. check and see if the video head is bound. I have seen alot of these stick. put your figure on the top edge of the head only and see if is free spinning on not. sometimes you can more it one way or the other and free it up. this problem could also just require a tape path cleaning. anything sticky on the tape path or head will cause this.
something is blocking the mechanism and not letting it load or the mode switch is bad and the mechanism dosent know where it is. These camcorders are common for this type of problem and these days Im sorry to say that most places charge an arm and a leg just to look at them. good Luck