Article ID : 00031960 / Last Modified : 08/01/2016

An X or CLEANING CASSETTE message flashes in the LCD or viewfinder.

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The message indicates that the video heads of the camcorder may be dirty or contaminated. To fix this, use a dry head-cleaning cassette to clean the video heads.

NOTE: If you use again a dirty cassette tape, the same message may occur even if you have just cleaned the cassette head.

If the issue is not resolved after cleaning the video heads, service may be required.

For all Sony products (EXCEPT VAIO computers): To send your product to a Sony facility to be repaired or to check the status of the a repair, visit our eService web site.


For VAIO Computer products: Please call 1-888-4SONYPC (476-6972) for service information for your product. To check the status of your VAIO product repair, have your phone number or Best Buy service number available and call 1-800-433-5778.