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Old October 13th, 2003, 03:20 PM   #1
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flashing cassette icon

weird problem -
was getting the flashing cassette icon a good amount, figured time to get a head cleaning casette...popped it in, now i'm only getting the icon no matter what I put in...cleaner casette or protape. Won't record or play coz it doesn't recognize the tape...

sorry to be a bit green with this camera, nothing in the manual or online -
anyone run across this before?

thanks in advance TM
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Old October 13th, 2003, 03:27 PM   #2
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Are you being sure to close the inner tape loading mechanism before shutting the outer cassette compartment door? See "Two Doors to Close" at http://www.dvinfo.net/canon/tips.php.

How long did you run the head cleaner? Hopefully no more than about 4 or 5 seconds...
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Old October 13th, 2003, 03:34 PM   #3
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umm..D'oh!

Clearly a degree in Film was a waste of money.
Thanks Chris for the quick suss of the situation.

I think i'll like it here.
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Old October 13th, 2003, 05:30 PM   #4
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Don't feel bad Tegan, everyone here with an XL1 has done it at least once.
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Old October 14th, 2003, 04:49 PM   #5
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The only reason I haven't done that (yet) is because everyone warned me about it first...of course it was right here on this board!
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Old October 15th, 2003, 12:53 PM   #6
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I don't think I have either yet.... BUT, the last time I said that
about always looking in the viewfinder to see REC being displayed
and thus not shoot during brakes and stop shooting when you
need to shoot, I did exactly that on my next shoot.... So, I'm
anxious awaiting what happens now!

No worries Tegan!
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Old October 15th, 2003, 08:03 PM   #7
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<<<-- Originally posted by Rob Lohman : I don't think I have either yet.... BUT, the last time I said that
about always looking in the viewfinder to see REC being displayed
and thus not shoot during brakes and stop shooting when you
need to shoot, I did exactly that on my next shoot.... So, I'm
anxious awaiting what happens now!

No worries Tegan! -->>>

Heh, I did that yesterday for one take. :)

Shhhh....
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Old October 16th, 2003, 12:56 PM   #8
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Man, I did that one shooting an interview on the top of a float at Krewe of Tucks...
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Old October 22nd, 2003, 04:17 PM   #9
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Oh man, when I first got my XL1s on the 9th (October, 2003) I had to get that thing on as fast as I could and look through it. This meant not opening the instruction manual. Well, I couldn't find the power button, so I opened the manual. Now it was on. I had loaded a tape too. It took me another 10 minutes to figure out I had to push the inner door in first. So then I went around shooting stuff. Third thing I saw was a battery icon in my viewfinder. I had a small watch type battery that came with the camera, and I couldn't figure out where to stick that for 3 days. I looked through the manual serveral times, but it wasn't until the 3rd day that I actual saw the page that showed where to load it. (Underneath)

Those were the 3 main things I had problems with when I got my camera :-p
so don't worry about the tape loading. I couldn't even get the camera on until I opened the manual :)
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