TROUBLESHOOTING

TROUBLESHOOTING 
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Symptom 
Check Point & Correction 
Picture does not appear in the viewfinder.  * Remove the lens cap. 
* Set "CAM/OFF/VIDEO" to "CAM" position. 
The camcorder can not go into the 
recording mode, even when 
"REC/PAUSE" is pressed. 
* The cassette has had the erase prevention tab removed. Stick a 
piece of cellophane tape over the erase prevention hole or select a 
different cassette. 
* Set "CAM/OFF/VIDEO" to "CAM" position. 
Picture is out of focus. 
Auto-focus does not operate. 
Auto-focus does not operate if the wide angle or telephoto lens is 
attached. 
RECORDING TV PROGRAMS OFF THE AIR (only for VM-8500LA) 
Symptom 
Check Point & Correction 
The camcorder can not go into the 
recording mode, even when 
"REC/PAUSE" is pressed. 
* The cassette has had the erase prevention tab removed. Stick a 
piece of cellophane tape over the erase prevention hole or select a 
different cassette. 
* Set "CAM/OFF/VIDEO" to "CAM" position. 
* Connect the camcorder and TV (or VCR). 
* Set "AV OUT/IN" to "IN" position. 
BATTERY CONDITION 
Symptom 
Check Point & Correction 
The " 
 " indication in the electronic viewfinder flashes to indicate battery 
is discharged. 
* Try another battery or charge the 
battery. 
NO OPERATION IS ACCEPTED 
Symptom 
Check Point & Correction 
Power is not turned on and no 
button operations are accepted. 
* Remove the power source, and after about one minute push the reset switch 
gently using a toothpick, etc. until you feel a click. Since this erases the date, 
time and 
other customer preferred features, reset them again. 
     
 
(Behind the jack cover)  
  
PLAYBACK OF PRERECORDED CASSETTE 
Symptom  
Check Point & Correction  
"PLAY" cannot be engaged. 
* Set "CAM/OFF/VIDEO" to "VIDEO" position. 
No picture appears on television 
screen when "PLAY" is pressed. 
(TV is connected to the camcorder 
by using RF converter unit.) 
* Set the television to the camcorder channel (3 or 4) depending upon the 
selected channel on the RF channel select switch of RF converter unit. 
* Set "AV OUT/IN" switch to "OUT" position (only for VM-8500LA). 
Interference on playback picture. 
* Adjust the tracking using "TRACKING" control (power zoom switch). 
* When you see the playback picture on your TV, adjust fine tuning knob on 
television set to obtain best picture. 
* The pre-recorded tape is EP or LP recording.  This camcorder is for use in 
SP recording only. 
Picture bends at the top of TV 
screen. 
* TV receiver is of older type. It needs to be modified to work properly with 
camcorder 
* Tape is damaged. Try another cassette. 
Color of your TV screen is too 
bright, too faint or change. 
* TV set has VIR circuit. Turn it off during playback.