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Dew liht comes on and camcorder shuts off

Everything was ok when suddenly the dew light appeared and the camcorder just shut off. Suggestions as to what to do will be appreciated. Thanks

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  • Manuel Rodas Aug 23, 2007

    Hello and please any body shed some light as to why would the cassete holder door will not close. It was ok, and suddenly I got the ?ject tape"warning. I took the cassete out but I saw there was some loose tape. After that it does not close.f
    Thanks everyone.d

  • Manuel Rodas Aug 23, 2007

    Hello and please any body shed some light as to why would the cassete holder door will not close. It was ok, and suddenly I got the ?ject tape"warning. I took the cassete out but I saw there was some loose tape. After that it does not close.
    Thanks everyone.

  • Manuel Rodas Aug 23, 2007

    Hello and please any body shed some light as to why would the cassete holder door will not close. It was ok, and suddenly I got the ?ject tape"warning. I took the cassete out but I saw there was some loose tape. After that it does not close.
    Thanks everyone.

  • Fdoucet49 May 01, 2008

    hi  Iam Frank from Canada and have problem with my Sharp Camcorder.


     i would like to know where is the back up battery on a Sharp camcorder? cause i have problem with dew light? can someone help me , I will be greatful,

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See the information reported here: http://www.techlore.com/forum/thread/12209/

Regards.

Posted on May 15, 2008

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Hello and please any body shed some light as to why would the cassete door will not close. It was ok, and suddenly I got the ?ject tape"warning. I took the cassete out but I saw there was some loos tape. After that it does not close. Thanks everyone.

Posted on Aug 17, 2007

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  • Anonymous Aug 20, 2007

    Hello and please any body shed some light as to why would the cassete holder door will not close. It was ok, and suddenly I got the ?ject tape"warning. I took the cassete out but I saw there was some loose tape. After that it does not close.
    Thanks everyone.

  • Anonymous Aug 20, 2007

    Cassette holder does not want tpo close. Camcorder was working ok when suddenly it showed that I must eject tape. I did and then there was some loose tape, I fixed it, tried putting the tape back in again and that is when the problem occurred. I can not get to close the casette holder door.
    \Thanks kindly

  • Anonymous Aug 21, 2007

    posted on Aug 20, 2007
    Hello and please any body shed some light as to why would the cassete holder door will not close. It was ok, and suddenly I got the ?ject tape"warning. I took the cassete out but I saw there was some loose tape. After that it does not close.f
    Thanks everyone.

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Try to extract the backup battery for reset the "DEW" memory.

Posted on Aug 08, 2007

Anonymous

I had the same problem with a VL-Z3U, there was no home fix, the dew sensor needed replacing costing $130 CAD

Posted on Jul 31, 2007

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