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CCD-F455E: "blinking arrow" and beeps on Video8 tape insertion

Hi,

I have a quite old Sony CCD-F455E that was stored in a clean place for a decade.

Now when I insert a blank new E-GH 8mm tape in drive and select 'camera' mode, visor shows up a "blinking arrow" and beeps a few times. I'm unable to press record, in 'player mode', visor is blank, not able to play/FW/RW tape. There is no error code like on most recent Sony cameras.

Worse (maybe side issue, the image flips all the times in the visor but I was able to see once a color&steady image when I connected composite cable to TV. Now it just shows up counter and error 'arrow', no more CCD picture in live.

I have it opened, don't see a blown capacitor on any electronic board or bend cable.

On cassette assy. side, I removed door and inserted a tape when camera had power applied, in order to reproduce issue: I closed/locked door chassis and observed that the tape is not held by gear drives so not moved in position to touch the read/write head. Camera then beeps and "arrow" sign pops up in visor.

I don't see any part loose in the box, no proof so far of broken tooth wheel or missaligned rod.

Any similar experience and advice on what to check next? I have the service manual for the camera but it's mainly electonic boards and not that much on mechanical part (or even a reference to loading/assy type shared with other models).

Thanks.

Best Regards,
Vincent

RaNma_
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:43:15 +0300

It seems to be dew sensor failure, or PCB/controller affected.
Meanwhile when I reapply power supply to the unit after hours off, there is a quite bad smell coming out the camcorder. I don't see any leaked material or visual issue on the boards like a blown capacitor....

RaNma_
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 14:09:16 +0300

Short-circuited the dew sensor, no luck. Also noticed since the beginning that drum assy is not rotating when inserting a tape but makes a weird noise.

RaNma_
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 15:19:52 +0300

Seems like you have multiple failures on this camcorder. I would suspect that if you don't get an image (without a cassette) then the sensor has failed or the sensor has a broken connection. Image sensors have been know to fail over time.

As for the mechanical parts... Old camcorders have lots of sensitive mechanical parts. Therefore, they are generally lubricated when brand new. Tapes keeps the most often used parts lubricated as they are ran through. If the camcorder has been store for long period of time, then the lubricants may have dried up. The rubber components may have dried and cracked.

Maybe if you observe the moving parts, lubricate them, then it might fix some of your problems. But if you smell something, then it's not a good sign.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:54:40 +0300

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