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  • Sony DVW-A510 and Error-03

    Posted by David Lauterbach on October 19, 2022 at 8:31 pm


    I have a Sony DVW-A510 that has been kept clean and used less and less. But after a few days of use digitizing old tapes, I started getting Error-03, which I know is related to tape slack. Is this something I can fix? I’ve opened decks before to clean and whatnot. Is it a sensor that needs to be cleaned? Something I can tweak with a greenie?

    Any help would be appreciated. I’m sure this would cost a small fortune to fix.



    Mads Nybo jørgensen
    replied 1 year, 8 months ago
    2 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    October 19, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Hey David,

    I myself is currently digitizing all of my old analogue Betacam SP tapes on an old BVW-75, and some of them are soo old that they leave a lot of residue on the heads.

    Apart from turning the machine off/2-min/on again, I would also suggest maybe fast forward tape to the end, and then rewind it to the top. Just to make sure that it is not the tape itself that is slack (depending on age).

    Although, it can never hurt getting the sticks and alcohol out for a good clean.

    Not sure that the above helped, but at least I tried 🙂


  • David Lauterbach

    October 19, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks for the tip, but when I try to fast forward I get an Error 02! This is with multiple tapes.

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    October 19, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    Out of interest, are you working with Digi-Beta or Beta SP tapes?
    And, not knowing your set-up, but if you disconnect In/Out-puts and just play to monitor, what happens then?
    (Don’t forget to remove the Reference cable(s) too)

  • David Lauterbach

    October 19, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    The errors happen with both Digi-beta and Beta SP.

    The deck has quite the minimal wiring these days… one single SDI cable running output to a computer.

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    October 19, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Apart from what you already are doing, I can only suggest that you try to add a Reference signal to the mix to see if that will stabilize the playback.

    Might also be worth resetting the menu on the deck, but don’t want to entice you to go to a place where you can’t get back from.

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