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I own a JVC BR-DV3000U Mini DV record deck. Every time I try

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Hello, I own a JVC BR-DV3000U Mini DV record deck. Every time I try to record on it I get a Rec Inhibit error message. The tab on the tape is in the proper position to record. I have cleaned the heads. I happen to own two decks like this and I get the same message on both. Why?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
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Expert:  Pete replied 4 months ago.

Hi James,

If you have checked the tapes, and they definitely have the tabs on, then check the plastic switch protrusion inside the recorder that hits the tab. It could possibly be stuck or broken.

It's located right where the write protect tab is on the tape, when the tape door is closed. You can stick your finger in there, and gently push up on the switch. If it is down, it won't record to the tape. If it is up (the switch is in the write position on the tape), it will record. Try to push it up and down. Be gentle, it doesn't take force to move the switch.
If the switch isn't working correctly then the record deck will need to go in servicing.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Could it be anything else? There is a ribbon with a plastic piece that moves into place once the tape is seated. No plastic switch to push up or down. When using a DVCAM (which is usually what I use) then the ribbon with the plastic piece can not be reached at all.
Expert:  Pete replied 4 months ago.

The Inhibit error message you are getting usually indicates that the tab is missing.

If the tab is in place, then the fault must be with the switch.

There isn't any other part of the machine that can cause this error.

It the plastic piece and the switch appear to be working when the tape is inserted then the switch may be defective and will need to be replaced.

Expert:  Pete replied 4 months ago.

Hi, just checking in on your question, do you need any further assistance?