Question about Panasonic Palmcorder PV-GS9 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Problems with video recording

When I record to mini dv I sometimes get blue bars across the picture. Sometimes it happens and sometimes not. Can't seem to figure it out.

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  • goozerette Jul 15, 2008

    Mine gives me the blue bars during playback, or just the solid blue screen. I've sent it in once under warranty and they claimed it was dirty and not to use the tapes that that had happened with. Since then, I still have the problem, with brand new tapes. Hitting it sounds satisfying, but until it's not under warranty, I'm gonna refrain from that! It's just inconvenient and I haven't gotten around to bringing it in again - cuz sometimes it does work, and I know they'll just tell me the same thing.

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My dog kept crapping on the carpet. So I tried the same solution. Worked like a champ. Except now he won't come when I call him. Damn!

Posted on Oct 30, 2008

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I thought you all might be kidding but figured what the heck. Gave it a whack or two and the problem did go away.

Posted on Jul 13, 2008

Same 4 me i gave it a right cross left uppercut straight right ... Works like a champ!!!

Posted on Jun 16, 2008

Lmao. i also just gave my cam a good whack. it fixed it! thanks for the "tip" :)

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I also gave my camera one good whack and now the blue lines are gone.. wow! Thanks for the tip!

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I covered several threads that recommended buying a Mini DV cleaner and running it up to 4 times. They also suggested to change to change your video tape as it may have been the cause of the original problem. These solutions may have worked for many but not me. My camera was becoming progressively worse. It went to blue bars and no sound to no picture at all...just blue. After using a cleaner 4 times I became frustrated to the point I was going to buy a new camera. However, with the camera still playing, I did the typical guy thing and rolled up my fist and gave it a good hit along side of it. Remarkably it went back to just the blue bars. I hit it again and it went back to a perfect picture. I'm not saying this will work for you and hitting it too hard could make things worse but I was at a point where I didn't care any more and took a chance that paid off.

Posted on May 30, 2007

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It sounds like you have a bad connection somewhere in the unit, most likely in the CCD block. If the unit is still under warranty you should have it fixed by an authorized agent before the warranty expires. If it is out of warranty the following websites offer free estimates http://www.videotech.com and http://www.camcorderrepair.com If you are good with tools, have a good set of jewelry screwdrivers, have a set of magnifying glasses, a steady hand, some knowledge of electronics and a whole lot of patience you could open the unit up and check for any loose ribbon cables. Beyond that you would be at a loss to go any further and would probably be better off getting the estimates and then deciding on repair. Good luck.

Posted on Jul 20, 2006

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