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Sony camcorder ccd-tr5- caution led blinking

Camcorder will constantly show a blinking cauten led. I cannot use the unit in VTR mode. it just comes out with this blinking caution led.

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  • chuckjdee Mar 11, 2008

    Have the same problem with my ccd-tr5; Can't eject or play the tape.

    Get a caution light.

    Guess because the cassett tape is jammed?

    Any ideas on how to remove it.

    That would probably fix the caution led

  • mjm044 May 02, 2008

    same problem

  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2008

    I have a Ricoh R680 it''s exact as sony ccdtr line, it is blinking "caution" also
    I am troubleshooting it. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
    [email protected]



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After buying a similar unit (cheaply) , I have researched the problem, and found that a batch of faulty components are likely to blame.
In 1997 , a Tiwanese company stole a secret formula for Electrolytic capacitors. Unfortunately - it was a double bluff, and the formula they stole was incomplete. They began manufacture, and sold the components on to Sony, Chinnon, Apple and other manufacturers. The components typically have a usable life of between 2 and 6 years, then start leaking electrolyte (which smells of fish,) and corrodes the connections and the board. The only solution is to remove the boards and replace them or rework the boards replacing all electrolytic capacitors - which is labour intensive.

Unfortunately "fake" components are on the market, and can cause various problems from sporadic faults to a full blown fire risk.

If your camcorder smells bad inside - suspect the components are leaking. Most service engineers consign these units to the bin as repair is difficult. If your unit has just started to give an error or started smelling - then ask service engineers to replace the electrolytic capacitors. As these are surface mount components - they are VERY fiddly to do properly, so factor the cost of rework against a replacement unit.

Units affected are between 1999 and 2007

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