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Help with my Panasonic nv-ds1 camcorder ? ? ?

Hi, I took my camcorder out yesterday, and it will not work. the tape will not eject, play, fast forward, record or rewind. The red light next to where it says camera just flashes, as if there is an error ( this light usually stays on /not flashing\ ). Also because of this, I cannot access the on-screen menu. Could anyone please offer some help? Thanks, Burnsie #53

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    Joe Burns May 10, 2006

    thanks! ill go and do that now, that advice is top class.
    Burnsie #53

  • Anonymous Nov 02, 2007

    my cam will not eject it flashes red with auto off unloading lock

    can you help . Have done hold eject when powering up but still no luck.



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The number of flashes represents the fault code - for example - F03 ( Fault Code 3 ) will flash the red light Three times and then rest and the again three times. I'm chasing fault codes- but thought that you could move your enquiry forward by counting the flashes. ..

Hope that helps a bit - Greg

Posted on Jul 25, 2009


I found to get the tape out alight whack should do it then it works fine

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Its the tape is stuck or the mechanism is jammed or the small pan caps have started there demise of your camcorder.. Inside most camcorders there are small surface mounted capacitors made by panasonic and they all I say ALL will leak one day and when they do its not just the cap thats bad but if left unattended it will eat up the Printed curcuit traces on the pc board. Have the unit looked at right away by a camcorder expert and see if its too late to save the board. Good Luck

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I had the same problem with my camcorder. I removed the battery for about 3 days and when i turned it back on it worked. is there a battery in camera to keep the time and date? maybe it is in safe mode and by removing power for long enough it will reset itself. paul sa

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SOURCE: HELP, my panasonic keeps shutting off. Dew? condensation?

I had the same problem and noticed that the light was steady when I removed the tape, suggesting that the problem related to tape transport. I inserted the tape without switching on and banged the base of the cam firmly on a wooden table. That sloved my problem.

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The fix is really easy and costs nothing, just 10 minutes of your time!

*I fixed mine (twice) this way*

Turn the cam over.
remove all the screws holding the dark plastic bottom on the camcorder, remove it carefully.
Now you will see the ribbon cables, VERY GENTLY, wiggle them from left to right (about 1mm each way), then push them in.
Test by putting your battery back on and see if it holds a tape, or plays without blinking and switching off - you will be happy.

The fault is simply that one cable (I can't tell you which one) becomes loose over time, so it just needs to be pushed back in and the condensation error and/or the door closing problem go away!

A lot of folks are buying cams off eBay like this as it's such a simple repair!

Good luck - please help others - post back if it works!

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I also have the same problem and after almost buying a replacement I thought I would try one time to get it to go.

What I did was start the cam without a tape in it, let it bring up the little red icon indicating no tape inserted, (it hadn't started flashing "PLEASE RE-OPERATE AFTER PUSHING RESET BUTTON" at this stage) then I inserted my tape. Hey presto, it works although for how long I don't know. I'll immediately start burn my tapes to disc while the going is good.

Hope this helps someone

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