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PROBLEM SOLVE!! Most of the camcorders all have the same problem. The most common problem is within the tape ejection mechanism. Since there's many moving gears and parts; a small particle of dirt could easily cause it to jammed up. If you getting an ERROR(ERROR message is part of the safety program incorporated in the system to protect the tape against accidental deletion) message regarding system safequard while the tape in in the unit, don't sweat. In order to clear the message, you need to REMOVE THE TAPE AND RE-INSERT IT BACK IN. A typical method of doing so is to press the EJECT button. If that doesn't work, use compress air to blow out the dirt in the moving gear or track. If all other fail, use a small(flat head) screw driver or paper clip to help open the tape housing unit right after you press the EJECT button. After you get the tape out, then remove the battery, and re-install the battery and then the tape back in the unit. That should reset the system safeguard program back to normal.
I don't think it's always as easy as that. My GR-DVL300 last night chewed up the tape I have been making to chronicle the first 3 months of our new baby. I have removed the battery several times, for long periods of time, ejected the tape (spooling it manually back into the cassette body). Still I get an error E03 - Remove & Replace Battery.
I was going to take my camcorder to be serviced and decided I should search on the web to see if other people had experienced similar problems/error messages. I saw a posting here advising us to try taking the tape out and reattach the battery. The camcorder now works again and I probably saved a lot of money and hassle. Thanks you!!!