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Power Zoom Lever Doesn't Work

I bought my Sony Handycam DCR-PC105 Mini DV Digital Camcorder several years ago and have been very pleased with it's quality, features and durability. I have never had a mechanical issue with this camera until last week. Last week, I noticed that the power zoom lever on the camera stopped working. I am still able to zoom in and out using the remote control. There is also another smaller issue which I noticed last week that I can live with, but I'm only mentioning in case it is related to the zoom issue. When I turn the camera on, I get a "CLOCK SET" message. If I set the clock, it will only stay in the camera's memory as long as the battery is attached. Once I change the battery, the message re-appears. I understand that there is an internal re-chargable battery which should keep this information while the camera battery is un-attached. It has worked for years, but now, at the same time the zoom has failed me, this problem arose. Are they related? I would love to keep using this camera, but can't find anyone to fix it at a reasonable cost. If anyone knows what the problem is and how I can fix it, I would really appreciate the advice.

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  • Steve Koenig Jul 16, 2007

    I have a few questions reguarding your solutions.

    - When trying to charge the (internal) backup battery, do suggested leaving the camera charging for more than 24 hours. Should the (external) camera battery be attached to the camera during this time?

    - As for trying the memory stick, I do not own one, so I ordered one from ebay and will have to wait a week to try it out. While I'm waiting, can you send a higher resolution image, or the link to the original? The image in this posting is hard to read, even when I blow it up in photoshop.

  • Steve Koenig Jul 16, 2007


    My email address is [email protected]


  • Steve Koenig Jul 18, 2007

    I just received the memory stick and tried it out. I am not experiencing any MS errors. Does this mean I should try changing the part you've suggested through your picture, or should I try something else?


  • Steve Koenig Jul 23, 2007

    Hello Arpi,

    I've supplied my email address six days ago and have yet to receive the higher resolution image you offered. I also posted a question four days ago that you have not responded to. Can you please follow up on whether I should change the part you suggested, or try something else. My power zoom lever still doesn't work but the zoom works using the remote control. I tried using the memory stick but did not get any MS error. Since I did not see the MS error you predicted, does this mean your solution is still viable, or should I try something else. If you still suggest I follow the instructions described in your picture, can you please send me a higher resolution copy to my email so I can read it?

    Thank you,



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Hello, please try to use the memory stick. If there is a message MS error, please look at this picture. Best regards, Arpi If you need more info please advice.

Posted on Jul 12, 2007

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  • Arpad Kothai
    Arpad Kothai Jul 12, 2007

    Here is the picture...

  • Arpad Kothai
    Arpad Kothai Jul 12, 2007

    Hello again.

    The other problem is your (internal) backup batterry. In order to solve this please connect your camcorder to the mains using your AC adaptor and leave your camcorder with the power switch set to off (CHG) for more than 24 hours.

    Best regards,

  • Arpad Kothai
    Arpad Kothai Jul 16, 2007


    the (external) camcorder battery should be attached to the camcorder during the charge.

    In order to supply you with the picture in higher resolution please give me your email address.

    Best regards,



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