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Tape cover/container will not stay in closed position

The tape container will not stay in closed position when pushing it to the correct position. I've tried different batteries and tapes, same result. Had the camera repaired for this during the warranty period, same problem now... Any suggestions on what the fault is and proper medication?? Grateful for any hints.

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Re: Tape cover/container will not stay in closed position

Hi there,
I had the same problem with my DS65. I've tried to clean the jock but it didn't seem to help.
However, I have been able to locate the problem and solve it for now.
Thanks to Kirans' explanation, I have been able to locate the part which he calls "capston" (when you open the bottom cover this part is right from the head, it has some marking on it : VRDW0003 and below that it says : 3030.
I have notice that, when "TAPE EJECT" is pressed this parts gear needs to move the one next to it. However, the "rattling" sound is produce by these 2 gears skipping. Therefore, I have notice that my "capstor" has 2 small screws which beacem loose and alow him to move away from the neighbouring gear.
You can try to press "TAPE EJECT" and gently push the "capstor" in the direction of the gear. It worked for me perfectly. However, I have been able to tightenonly one of the 2 screws holding the "capstor" since the second one was hidden behind one of the gears and I wasn't even thinking of trying to remove the gears :). I have tightened one of them, the "capsotr" is now in place and my camera is functioning again:).
Since I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is no official shop that can repair cameras, I was already searching for new one on the eBay, but thanks to this forum, I have been able to solve this problem for now (I expect the screw to unloose sometimes in the future again).

p.s. if anyone needs additional info about this "repair" please feel free to contact me (

Posted on Dec 06, 2007

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Re: Tape cover/container will not stay in closed position

Hi Eagle, Just faced the same problem with our school Panasonic NV-DS65. Had a serach on th3e net and found some info at I wasn't exactly sure what the 'mech connector jock' was but opened up the bottom of the camera anyway. There are seven screws and nothing falls out when you remove the cover! Now I didn't remove or clean any 'jocks' - but with the bottom off you can see the inside a lot better. At this point I just tried to see what held the cassette in place and pushed on the black platye at the bottom of the cassette bay (and probably a couple of other capstans too). Then I inserted the cassette and much to my amazement it clicked back into place. So, not sure if you'll have the same luck, but it really does just appaer to be a mechanical (and fixable) problem.

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