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JVC GR-DVL100 ERROR "Different Formatted Tape" Tapes have

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JVC GR-DVL100 ERROR "Different Formatted Tape"
Tapes have been used several times without error.
Now want to save the film on the tapes but can't get them off the dvd camera.
Is there a solution to my problem?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.
Hi, The ERROR is due to an exposure of the dv camera or tape to a temperature too high or too low for a period of time; two or three days of room temperature (i.e. 18-21 degrees celcius) should bring the camera and tapes back to correct operational status. If not, then the tape sensor is defective or has failed. Please keep in mind that my diagnosis & solutions provided are directly dependent on the accuracy of your description of the problem. As with any "do it yourself" fixes, success is a "team effort", since I can't see or touch the camera, and relies on the customer's manual dexterity and ability to follow the instructions well. If you require additional information, please use the Reply to Expert Tab to contact me. Click the ratings only after our exchange is complete and you are satisfied.If you are satisfied that my answer is accurate, or has provided a reasonable alternative solution please do not forget to rate my answer OK, Good or Excellent.Thank you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you Russell. The answer is a reasonable and I will try it for the next few days. I noticed the fault appeared whether a tape was used or the camera was shut empty.
Remember there is a 6/8 hr time difference between us in UK.
George
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.
You are quite welcome and thanks for the update.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi
I have tried the camera warm for two days and the fault is still there. How can I replace the tape sensor?
George
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.
Unfortunately, there are two big problems with trying to replace the sensor. The first is that even basic parts for this camera are no longer available from JVC due to its age. The second is that the replacement required is of the complete main board since the sensor is fully integrated. A full service manual with parts diagram is available at the link below. I generally try to discourage users from attempting to work on items of this type with out a manual.
http://elektrotanya.com/jvc_gr-dvl100_gr-dvl107_gr-dvl300_gr-dvl_eg_ek_sm.pdf/download.html
At this point in time there are no longer even any mainstream 3rd party camera repair services that will work on cameras of this vintage due to lack of replacement parts.
Your best option is a direct used replacement especially if your objective is to view old tapes, otherwise, it bmay be time to move to current technology.
You can watch EBAY at the link below. One or two may show up per month.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Cameras-Photography-/625/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=JVC+GR-DVL100
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks Russell
I assume the sensor is the bulb like projection that fits into the tape. Is there any way of checktng it?
George
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.
No, the sensor is more like the sensor in a carbon monoxide or smoke detector, detecting both temperature and moisture. Due to the chemical and physical composition they do have varied lifespans of 8 to 10 years depending on use. Generally, digital cameras, camcorders and batteries have limited life spans that have gone from the 10 to 15 years that everyone was accustomed to for mechanical units to 3 or 4 like cell phones. While it is sometimes possible to extend the life of these units, parts do tend to wear out sometimes, unexpectedly.
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