Sony HDR-FX1000 Mechanical Problems

Are you having mechanical problems with your Sony HDR-FX1000 camcorder?
Here is an informative video going over mechanical tape transport problems. When your camcorder is experiencing mechanical issues it may be going into an error code such as C:32:23 or C:32:22. The camcorder may also be displacing a “Tape is locked – Check the Tab” error. We would be happy to help troubleshoot any problem you are having with your Sony HDR-FX1000 camcorder. Just give us a call and one of our technicians would be happy to speak with you.

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Hello my name is Sheryl and I’m one of the Sony technicians at You’re probably watching this video because you’re having problems with your Sony HDR-FX1000 camcorder. I’d like to see if I can help you get your camcorder up and running again.

The problem that this Sony camcorder is experiencing, is it will not allow us to record and is displaying an error message saying “The tape is locked – check the tab”.

Mechanical problems that we also see is the camcorder going into an error code such as C:31:23 or C:31:22. Other error messages that you may see in addition to C:31:23 and C:31:22, are C:32:23, C:32:22, C:31:30 and C:32:30. You may also be experiencing picture problems when trying to play back a tape.

The first step is to try resetting the camcorder. This is done by removing the power source such as the battery or ac adaptor, waiting a few seconds and then reattaching it. Also make sure to try a new fresh tape.

If the camcorder continues to go into error or is still not working properly, then it will need to be repaired professionally by an experienced technician who specializes working on these camcorders.

At we specialize in repairing the Sony HDR FX1000 camcorder. We would love to help you get your camcorder up and running again. Give us a call and speak to me or anyone of our knowledgeable Sony technicians. You can also visit our website at or just click on the link to our website in the description below. We look forward to helping you.

Actual customer complaints with Tape Transport Problems on their Sony HDR-FX1000 camcorder.

“As soon as I put my DV tape is in the camera, an error message flashes with the code: C:31:23.”

“My Sony FX1000 damages tapes along the edge. Now I have picture problems, New tapes did not help”

“Getting a re-insert Cassette error C:31:22 & C:31:23”

“First the “check tab” indicator appeared – recording on tape unavailable, warning C 32:22.”

“Picture is dropping out and going into error.”

“Having transport problem with my Sony HDR-FX1000 camcorder, goes into several error codes, like C:31:22 C:31:23.”

“I am unable to record to my tape. THE TAPE IS LOCKED-CHECK THE TAB, keeps popping up. I have tried new tapes and the problem is still there.”

“Tape lock sensor not working, will not let me make new recordings, plays old tapes fine”

“When T tried to start shooting at my last wedding, a message is displayed on the screen saying the tape is locked-check the tab. Now also getting C 31 23, I tried resetting it, but didn’t work”

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