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Friday 21st October 2016
10:11 am U.K.


hello, a friend of me has a sl-c7, its power supply brokedown. I changed the full unit from another it worked, and a monts later this "new" power supply also broke down. Do ou know if there is something inside to crash the psu? In both the main fuse blown and final transistors are shorted. I have another power supply (and two C7 full working and now another whithout the psu, and I'm afraid to change again. I know I can/will give him one of the c7, but I'd like to fix it if possible.

Thank you

Rafe Greenacre
Wednesday 19th October 2016
9:01 pm U.K.



I have three Sanyo VTC9300 machines I'm looking to get rid of. I am based in East Yorksire. I don't want anything for them, but it will be collection only.

The first machine (S/N: 94430758) is mechanically sound; including fast wind. Video and audio reproduction are good. Cosmetically good.

The second machine (S/N: 93418541); threads/ unthreads OK, take up good, fast wind poor. Audio and video reproduction are good. Cosmetically; some scratches.

The third machine (S/N: 80157892); threading/ unthreading poor, take up good, fast wind very poor. Audio and video reproduction are good. Cosmetically; some scratches.

Can anybody please suggest any other forums? I think eBay is the wrong audience?



K lambert
Tuesday 18th October 2016
1:17 am U.K.


Hi James:

Never seen or worked on any Sony multi standard Beta but it could be many things.

I would first look to bad caps in the PSU (getting very common now as they age).

Also breaks/cracks to ANY circuit board.

Other than seeing it ,hard to say but I would start there first.


Tim Dyson
Monday 17th October 2016
7:56 pm U.K.


Thanks Kevin!

Monday 17th October 2016
7:11 pm U.K.


Hi Kevin can you help. I recently bought a Sony T9ME on ebay. I've put in a pal tape. The timer red led is flashing constantly. And the clock buttons dont work. Neither of the standard lights indicated pal etc and no picture is coming through either on the avs or through the aerial. There is just a very feint line rolling down the black screen. Can you advise as to why no picture ? Please.

K lambert
Monday 17th October 2016
6:13 pm U.K.



Here you go it's listed on the BMC200 camcorder page here under technical:

I Can Rebuild These Batteries In Any Quantity.

Please Call 0161 7372974

24 Month Guarantee..

Just Ask For Aaron any time

Manchester UK

Hope this helps..................Kevin

K lambert
Monday 17th October 2016
6:05 pm U.K.



I have successfully rebuilt a NP11 with Sanyo re chargeables that I had to get from the US.

The cost would be very high to do this and I don't think that particular battery is made by them anymore, especially since the Panasonic takeover.

The capacity and power is better than those originals which always go bad if left unused for any length of time.

I did see a guy advertising this service in the UK and am trying to remember where I saw this.


The Sony HF100 is notorious for hi-Fi issues. It could either be the hi-Fi heads have had it or an issue on the hi-Fi board.

There is a solution on the repair page on this site for the HF100 for no hi-Fi, IF it is electronic and not through excessive wear.


You would be better asking on the V2000 board for your current issues.


I've just sorted out two F30 's that both had different issues.(hall effect and broken plastic on the gear assembly)

It could be numerous things and is hard to say.

If you want me to take a look ,fine but you may have to wait as I have two other machines waiting to be sorted out.

Let me know and we can discuss this further.


Monday 17th October 2016
5:22 am U.K.


Hi, everyone ^_^

I have betahifi sl-hf100, but no hifi sound when I play a hifi tape, the switch already in auto mode but still no hifi sound, the sound came out only if I turn the switch to a normal position and i believe that is in mono sound, is anyone know the problem is ?

also i have betahifi sl-hf77k, the hifi sound is in good condition, but only the color come with black and white, the head is in good condition, i try to record and play in hf100 is no problem, is this a drum rotation problem or something?

regards, Oqie

Sunday 16th October 2016
2:48 pm U.K.


Hi everyone,

New to Video restoration, but have acquired a massive collection of N1500/1700, Beta and V2000 tapes and want to transfer many of the contents to digital myself.

Managed to get a Philips VR 2324 very cheap and after a quick internal clean, loads, laces and plays/fwd/rwd cassettes without any issues. However, I am finding there is no video signal on either SCART or UHF modulator out.

Can anyone advise on what to check/common faults?

The video head seems to be somewhat difficult to access but from what I can see, doesn't look in bad shape.

Any ideas?


Sunday 16th October 2016
2:20 pm U.K.


I have a Sony Betamax SLF30UB, that I have been trying to fix. I got it from Ebay and it was faulty, it wouldn't load a tape, but instead would just eject constantly. I fixed this and it now loads a tape and winds it around the drum but then there is no drive to the tape, so whilst the drum spins the tape does not play, fast forward or rewind. I have tried cleaning the sensors but it still has the same problem. I know the tape can have drive because I have managed to get them to work albeit briefly. Does anyone have any ideas on where I should look next to fix it? Or does anyone fix these in the UK who would be interested in fixing it?


Tim Dyson
Saturday 15th October 2016
1:46 pm U.K.



Can anyone recommend someone or a company in the UK who re cell camcorder batteries? I have an NP-11 which needed doing.



Friday 14th October 2016
5:33 am U.K.


Hi Phil,

Just sent you an email telling you I have a couple untested SL-T7 (take for granted they are in need of new set of belts and basic maintenance, at least). I am based in Spain but no problem in sending an economic courier box to UK.

Kind regards, Gabriel

P McKeown
Thursday 13th October 2016
2:15 pm U.K.


Hello Gabriel. If you're in the UK, I might be interested in the SL-T7ME if it is complete and in reasonably good condition, as I have very little knowledge of how to even attempt repairs. Have numerous non-PAL format Betamax videotapes in my archive, but no suitable machine to recover their contents.

All info appreciated.



Tuesday 11th October 2016
4:52 pm U.K.


Dear Betaphiles,

I am performing a clearance at my basement. Among other things, I am throwing away some Sony SL-C6, SL-C7 and SL-T7ME. They were kept for future refurbishing, but they are wasting a lot of space and I don't have the time to check them.

So, if you are interested in any component or assembly, just let me know and for sure we will reach an agreement.

Regards to all,

Monday 10th October 2016
10:59 pm U.K.


sorry posted below in wrong forum...

Monday 10th October 2016
10:51 pm U.K.



I have recently purchased a VO-9800P and it seems the machine is stuck in SP/High Band mode. When I place a Low band tape into the machine it loads fine and plays but the SP/High light remains on and there is no video signal.

I have read that there is a pin that falls into a slot on SP tapes that identify the tape type. Could this pin switch be faulty? Is it an easy fix?

Or is there a manual override to switch the machine between High and Low band?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you


Noel Higgins
Thursday 6th October 2016
11:06 pm U.K.



That's great to hear. well done!

regards Noel

Thursday 6th October 2016
7:38 pm U.K.


Hi Noel. Last night I replaced the LS motor with a new one, and... this one works !!! It's a little slower than the original but it's fine and I thought the original was a bit too quick and rough, so now it has more class !

Noel Higgins
Thursday 6th October 2016
4:01 am U.K.



That's good news - Good luck with the motor.


I have had one do the same.

You have to take the front off (fold it forward) and unscrew the board to check if for cracks both sides.

The circuit is probably broken supplying the Led and also stopping the eject switch operation.

you can use teflon coated wire wrap wire to bridge the breaks as long as you pre-tin the stripped wire ends and the circuit tracks each side of the breaks.

regards Noel

Wednesday 5th October 2016
7:22 am U.K.


Hi Noel. I have received the electronic fuses from Shenzhen for my SL-HF950 and already replaced the one I accidentally burnt making a short circuit. The 12 volts have now come back on the LS motor's wires when I push the eject button, so I think this is Ok !

I should receive the motor I ordered in a few days. I hope it will work better than the first one I tried, if not I hope that someone in Europe will be able to sell me an original second hand working one... (Kevin... ??!). Regards.

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