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Panasonic PV-GS32 Problems with Playback

I have a Panasonic PV-GS32 that I have used approximately 5 times. The first few times I used it I had no problems recording and replaying videos of my son. Now when I try to watch what I have recorded the sound skips, the video gets digital blocks across the picture and it sounds like the heads are sticking. Someone told me to try a head cleaner and that didn't work. Any ideas on what could be wrong? How much it would be to fix it? Thanks

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Wit wait WAIT!!! isent this a mini dvd recorder??? I've seen a dirty lens cause this BUt if the lens is clean The problem could be in the cucuit BUT try cleaning first as described in your owners manual. Good LUCK

Posted on Apr 30, 2006

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Hi well... this can be a small capacitor blown or it could be the microprocessor and it will cost like a new CAM cant know without more details good luck

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