Each time I insert a Mini DV cassette, I get a pinging warning and a error message to reinsert cassette. The manual tells me to use a new new cassette which I did...same error. I have reset the camera no improvement. This happens on both battery and AC. I have also left the compartent door open overnight to dry out any possible moisture. What is even more weird is that I have a Sony HI 8 Handycam and it recently started giving the same error message. The Mini DV has only been used for a few hours total. Thanks
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The problem is with the S-reel. Take the tape out, remove the battery, and give it a slight bump. This usually fixes the issue for a couple of weeks. I haven't heard of any permenant fixes. I took my cam into circuit city (before they closed) twice for the same issue. Very frustrating when you don't know what the issue is.
Take the battery out and turn selection switch to camera and then turn it off. Put the battery back in and its working again.
if that doesn't work try
Try smacking the side of the camera relatively hard with the palm of your hand. Eject the tape and reinsert. You may need to do this a couple of times.
reel sensor is the problem of your camera it is a common problem to that model,maybe the pinch roller is loosen to the post cause of the lock of that is been broke..that roller is that one that pulling the tape...only a technician can put it back to the mechanism and replace that lock...in sony service they replace the whole assembly and cost a lots...i suggest find other service center for fixing it...hope that roller is not lost in your camera...