Everytime I try to put a tape into my camera it won't accept it. I push the tape slot closed and then it just makes a clicking sound over and over before finally ejecting it. Can this be fixed or do I need to toss the camera and get a new one? It is in otherwise excellent condition.
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is the lock on the card by chance. also depending on how old the camera is and how big the sd card is in gb. the lumix may not be able to handle that size of card, too many gb. My lumix would only accept up to 4 gb, so when I moved to 16 they did not work.
Are you are saying the act of inserting the SD card into the camera is pushing the slide lock on the edge of the card into the "lock" position? Try moving the slide with a fingernail. If it slides "easily" it is probably a defective package although it may still accept data. Have you used it successfully before? In this camera? In another SD device? If it slides "loosely" you can try putting a small piece of VERY thin tape (not duct or masking tape) tightly around the card, being careful not to cover any of the contacts. If the slide doesn't move, go ahead and shoot. You may have trouble removing it later but at least you have your pics. If the slot still pushes the tab into the lock position, I hope you have another card you can use. Good luck!
First of all, remove the tape. The residue from the tape will eventually gum up the contacts in the card slot. Have you used these cards before or are they new? If new, are they of a size your camera can accept? Have you tried a camera "reset"?
I had the same problem with a Sony FX410, not much different than a FX310. With my camera all i had to do was to push the top down with a gentle push, it would engage and play and record normal. Don't force it hard, just a light pressure to help the cradle down. Most of these Sony cameras are crappy when it comes to loading the tape, most if not all the Sony's i've had end up with this problem, no matter what model you have. I've taken my camera competely apart and could not find the problem for not pulling down the tape, don't know if it can be a sensor or what, i never could find anything broken or loose or misalign, i oiled all the joints and moving parts with a light dab of thin oil, it worked fine except for that darn cradle not pulling down the tape.
Another thing that causes this is when the tape is to tight? In other words the tape should have a slight **** in it, i once ran into this big problem when the tape would not load and the camera kept ejecting it over and over. It was when i tried a new tape that i noticed how well it loaded yet the other tape wouldn't load. So i pulled out the tape and poked that little hole on the back right below the left hand pick up reel, i then turned the reel with my finger and gave it some slack, not much just enough to see the tape a little loose. I then reloaded the tape and it worked like a charm, seems that if the tape if to tight the camera won't accept it as the reels need to adjust back and forth for a few seconds, its that wacky sound you hear when you load a tape, seems like it has to adjust the tention inside the take up reels. Hope this might help you some?
Sony DCR HC 42
I have the same problem as gskillman
Sony says it qualifies for a fla rate repair -- $201 plus taxes!!! Say what? This camera is only a couople of years old and has hardly ever been used.
I tried every method I could find from people posting on the web, but the method that worked for me is this.
1. Eject the tape and close the tape holder.
2. Turn the camera off and remove the battery.
3. Put the battery back in. Leave the camera off.
4. Open the tape holder.
5. Slide the tape in, but as you press the holder in to accept the tape, keep your finger pressing in on the holder, being careful not to slow the tape holder from moving downward.
6. Turn the camera on.
7. If it doesn't work the first time, press more firmly to help the tape holder accept the tape.
That's it. This method seems to work for me and lets me use the camera for a long while. If the camera is sitting unused for more than a few hours, I have to do it again. And each time I insert a tape, I make sure that I keep pressing as the tape holder lowers the tape.