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  1. tbl

    tbl Guest

    My attempts to repair a 1990 camcorder have failed, and it's
    totally dead.

    Now... what to do with it?

    Any thoughts appreciated.
  2. ditinsta

    ditinsta Guest

    Donate to Salvation Army? Trash it?

    Dead camcorders from that era can be found for a few bucks just about
    everywhere. Usually the problems stem from bad caps or tape path issues.
  3. Boborann

    Boborann Guest

    donate it to a theather group as a prop
  4. RJK

    RJK Guest

    There's a great deal of satisfaction to be had, I would imagine, from
    placing it gently in the middle of a concrete drive, putting on a pair of
    protective goggles and OBLITERATING IT WITH A SLEDGE HAMMER .....before
    gently placing the bits into a bin !

    regards, Richard
  5. A sixteen year old camcorder?

  6. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Tear it apart and see if you can make anything useful with the bits.
    Often they have a couple of fairly nice gearhead motors for the focus
    and zoom, and the tape transport assemby has some neat mechanical
  7. none

    none Guest

    It's vey likely that some of the components still function.
    servo motors, audio circuitry etc...
    I canabilize old camcorders often.
    The mikes on older units are generally better than the new ones and
    the audio preamp circuit is usually a separate circuit board so the
    whole thing can be extracted and made to work. just a matter of
    matching the voltage.
    The lens assembly can be removed and tested by applying voltage to the
    zoom servos and iris servo.
    You can then mate it up to a cmos or ccd chip from a cheap security
    camera or webcam. With decent glass these little chips can produce a
    half-way decent image then.
    All the connectors can be salvaged for future projects. rca
    connectors, mike jacks, switches and pots.
    I find the zoom switch priceless for building homemade security camera
    control consoles.(I take alot of old camcorders, 8mm and c-vhs, that
    have had the tape units crap out and make security/surveilance cameras
    out of them. By mounting a multipin panel mount connector on the
    camcorder housing wired to the zoom and iris gain control you can have
    control of those function via a cable and remote control box. the zoom
    toggle switch from totally dead units are perfect for the control
  8. Ray L. Volts

    Ray L. Volts Guest

    If you're not a tinkerer who enjoys building things from scratch, give it to
    someone who is. I'm sure there would be a neighborhood kid who likes to
    take things apart. Or maybe a high school with an electronics program (rare
    these days) who would like to have it.
    I cannibalize this stuff for the tiny screws -- which come in very handy if
    one is lost during a repair -- and gears, motors, etc. that are useful in
    robotics projects. Of course, if you're handy with SMD's, there are loads
    of useful parts on the boards, though most of the SMD lytics probably are
  9. Chris F.

    Chris F. Guest

    Here are a few suggestions:
    1. Paperweight
    2. Doorstop
    3. Boat Anchor
    4. Balance for an uneven table leg.
    5. Firing Range Target
    6. Dummy Camera for use as a theft deterrant
    Or if you're really bored, you could actually try to repair it.........
  10. b

    b Guest

    none ha escrito:
    great to see someone doing something creative with redundant
    electronics as opposed to smashing it or junking it. One question
    though; don't many camcorder units auto-power off if there is no tape
    movement after a certain time? how do you get around this without a
    just curious..
  11. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    Every one that I've come across does, I'd be curious how to defeat that
    though as even old ones tend to have excellent quality picture.
  12. none

    none Guest

    Depends on the make of camcorder. Some of the older one's don't have
    auto off, though most major brands do. I have a box full of old
    Sony's, the early to mid 90's ccd 8mm camcorders and some have this
    function and some don't.
    I'm currently using a CCD-301 and I believe a 701 and neither seem to
    have this function.( I am running them off an ac adapter. Perhaps the
    auto -off function only kicks in with the batteries, or perhaps it
    died when the tape unit konked out.)
    I have a friend locally who does alot of chip burning and he did
    manage to kill the auto-off on a JVC camcorder I have.( I liked the
    camera for it's sharp chip so when the tape unit died I had him hack
    the logic chipset and make a few changes. I use it mostly with a
    portable DV deck or my S-vhs deck.)

    I have seen threads over at on hacks for most of
    Sony's offerings, though I've never tried it myself.( very busy,
    though I'm trying to clear my calender with the hopes of trying my
    hand at modding some of the older junk gear I have.)

    From what I understand you access the program functions via the keypad
    of the camcorder using the factory key codes.
    Try asking over at , most of the pros there have
    modified the functions on their camcorders using this method.
  13. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Some don't auto-power off if you take the tape out and leave the door
    open. I've got a Sony one like that -- it auto powers off under most
    other circumstances, but an open tape door leaves it stuck on. Try it,
    see if it works for you.
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