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Choppy Playback - Sony DCR-TRV120

I recorded my daughter's recital, and went to play it back and began getting very choppy video and audio. I then let the camera sit for a long time, and used it the other day, and it worked fine for about an hour, but then had the problem again. It seems to come in and out at regular intervals, and the tape counter seems to surge and pause along with it. I believe it has something to do with the playback, but am not familiar with this. Please share any ideas you may have. Thanks

John Rhymer
Sat, 02 Dec 2006 11:40:08 -0800

I have a trv 120 that was having the same problem. I tried the solution in this thread and it instantly fixed it. I've got to say I was more than a little skeptical but it's working now!
Error Code C:31:40

Try it if you dare!

Trey
Wed, 24 Jan 2007 22:24:05 -0800

THANKS....I have the same problem for a while. I have been shopping for a new camcorder.
I tried your fix, just whacked the cam in the side and........IT WORKS..
MANY THANKS

charllie
Fri, 26 Sep 2008 00:49:12 +0000

My sony digital 8 starting playing all tapes back choppy. I got it cleaned twice- didn't work. After reading the above, as a last resort before shopping for a new one, I whacked it on the side with tape side up (holding side to the bottom), and for whatever reason it's working now. ???

Terri
Tue, 27 Jan 2009 15:59:17 +0000

my trv310 had this choppy playback problem, the tape door up, whack on bottom technique worked. who'da thunk it?

thanks to the many who posted this fix.

Ruffian
Sat, 06 Jun 2009 22:05:55 +0000

Thank you so much! I had a wedding and my 5 year old's birthday party on tape and it was so choppy that it was painful to watch. I took the advice below (hold it on it's side and slap it and it is working. I don't think I will trust it in the future, but at least I can transfer the footage to DVD.

Laura
Sun, 20 Sep 2009 13:21:41 +0000

I'm an engineer. The solution didn't sound like something I would accept. However, as the last resort, I tried it. I worked like a charm!

Jay
Sun, 06 Jun 2010 09:41:57 +0000

I had Choppy distorted video on my Sony TRV525 digital-8mm on playback. While playing I slapped the tape door a couple of times and SUCCESS!! Problem solved after 2 years thanks to this thread. Thanks guys.

Marty
Sun, 08 Jan 2012 00:30:59 +0300

I have the trv 120e had grey lines tried head cleaning had to hold upside down give a couple of sharp thumps to the base with butt of hand and alls well now, daft solution but it works fine, have tried loads of times and still working, did it today,something must get jarred out of place, give it go you have nothing to lose, it looks like others have done something similar on other net sites

Nick
Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:50:38 +0300

This answer is still relevant on 2017.
I am transferring my old 8mm tapes to digital.
A little thump on my Sony and playback is back to normal.

Dan
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:15:19 -0700

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