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Panasonic PV-DV53D When I had recenetly charged my battery and replaced it in my camera my camera was working properly but the red light for power was blinking. I tried to play or rewind my tape and it did not work but the red light kept flashing. Eventually the camera shuts itself off. I thought the battery was not charged properly so I charged it for another day then tried again but still my tape won't do anything. I switched taped thinking it was a tape error but it did the same thing to a new tape as well. I checked the parts inside to see any visible broken pieces that feed the tape but saw no problems. What should I do to fix this? Please help...

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  • Aubreykay Nov 05, 2007

    Has anyone figured out how to solve this problem? I have a black screen when I turn the camera on and my power light is flashing. I have no controls as far as play/rewind/fastforward and limited control in the menu...sometimes it will let me, sometimes it won't. I can record sound, but no picture. It will shut itself completely off after a little while. Any ideas?

  • tonya0854 Dec 08, 2007

    the red light blinks when I insert a tape. It eats the tape if I try to play it in vcr mode. The red light blinks in camera mode, almost as if to let me know it has shut down due to some tape defect. I tried a head cleaner tape and it ate that up too.

  • mobrij Dec 12, 2007

    When I had recenetly charged my battery and replaced it in my camera my camera was working properly but the red light for power was blinking. I tried to play or rewind my tape and it did not work but the red light kept flashing. The same goes for recording. Eventually the camera shuts itself off. I thought the battery was not charged properly so I charged it for another day then tried again but still my tape won't do anything. I switched taped thinking it was a tape error but it did the same thing to a new tape as well. I checked the parts inside to see any visible broken pieces that feed the tape but saw no problems. What should I do to fix this? Please help...

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    I got the same problem.I bought this camcorder from my friendw who swore up and down that it could be fixed by local electronic repair shop for 30 $.

    Heck I only payed $5 for it so i was wonderingif any reputable online repair shops would do the fix and what would it cost?





    Thanks

  • Anonymous Dec 15, 2008

    I have had this same problem off and on for a few years. I even sent it back under warranty and Panasonic replaced the tape drive mechanism.

    The menu reset option didn't work for me, but Solution #10 (putting the tape in while it is 'on' and pressing the record button, did the trick. I have no idea why it worked, but it did.

  • dginyard14 Jan 03, 2009

    I was experiencing the same problem. Labber's solution worked for me. I had to redo the steps several times but it finally worked :)

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Camcorder recorded ok . After charging battery red light flashed indicating it was charging then stopped. When finished but camera will not turn on. Can you help please?

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I was having the same problem. here's the solution that worked for me - should do it for you as long as your camera stays on long enough. 1. Take out the tape - mine stayed on longer (without blinking) when the tape was not in. 2. press the menu button (near the viewfinder) 3. Use he wheel on top next to the viewfinderto scroll through the choices 4. Choose "display setup" by pushing the wheel in 5. Choose "C. Rest" by pushing the wheel in 6. Turn camera off 7. Next time you turn camera on you should be able to view tapes and record. hope that helps!

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I have the same palmcorder, model DV53D and have had the blinking red light problem 2 different times. The first time I was able to use the menu reset solution listed on this page and it worked. The second time it happened I had been recording with the palmcorder when the battery died. I took the battery off, recharged it, and put it back on but the timing of something was off and the blinking red light was back. I tried to reset a hundred different ways but nothing worked. I finally got some help from another online source that advised me to plug the unit into the ac adapter to make sure I was getting enough juice and to then try reseting from the menu and then putting in a brand new tape in camera mode. It worked.
Ultimately the blinking red light does have something to do with a tape being too tightly wound and I think the combo of using a new tape and the ac adapter got it working again. I was able to put the other tape back in and it's up and running again.

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The answer to this issue is the fact that the tape is wound too tightly. The blinking red light is saying, "if I apply force to the tape that is not moving, either the tape pops, or the motor goes, if the tape is too tough" What I did, was remove the tape, flipped the lid back. Pulled some excess tape out. Took a palm stylus (or similar shaped stick) and held down the tab in the center of the back of the tape. I then took the erase end of a pencil, and began to turn the tape reel by hand. I then stopped, and stuck my stylus in the center hole (between the 2 spools) a few more times, to make sure it wasnt stuck any way. When I put the tape back in, I turned the power on and no more blinking.

Posted on Aug 28, 2008

  • y632 Aug 28, 2008

    the answer to this issue is the fact that the tape is wound too tightly. The blinking red light is saying, "if I apply force to the tape that is not moving, either the tape pops, or the motor goes, if the tape is too tough" What I did, was remove the tape, flipped the lid back. Pulled some excess tape out. Took a palm stylus (or similar shaped stick) and held down the tab in the center of the back of the tape. I then took the erase end of a pencil, and began to turn the tape reel by hand. I then stopped, and stuck my stylus in the center hole (between the 2 spools) a few more times, to make sure it wasnt stuck any way. When I put the tape back in, I turned the power on and no more blinking.

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I tried the solutions and sadly they didnt work. So I have decided to use it as a webcam. does anyone know how to keep this camera from automaticaly shutting off. Thanks

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I have had the same problem now three times. I bought a warranty through mack camera, and each time I sent it back they said they replaced the tape deck mechanism.

Posted on Jan 26, 2008

I have the same problem. I took mine apart and looked at the tape mechanism. Looks like one of the little motors are acting up. Works fine for a while. Then acts up again after 20 tape ejects or so then blinks it's red flashes of death. They must have went too cheap on the motors. If I figure out a cheap fix I'll post it for ya =/.

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I did have a similar problem as above, and has not been able to use the camera for a long time as power turns itself off in less than 2 mins. I tried the solution #3 (by labber) above. which i have copied and pasted below .
1. Take out the tape - mine stayed on longer (without blinking) when the tape was not in.
2. press the menu button (near the viewfinder)
3. Use he wheel on top next to the viewfinderto scroll through the choices
4. Choose "display setup" by pushing the wheel in
5. Choose "C. Rest" by pushing the wheel in
6. Turn camera off
7. Next time you turn camera on you should be able to view tapes and record.
IT DID NOT WORK THE FISRT TIME SO I PUT MY FINGER IN TO TRY TO GENTLY PUSH BUTTON WHEN I TOOK THE TAPE OFF AND THEN TRIED SOLUTION ABOVE AGAIN, AND THIS TIME, IT WORKED. BUT PLEASE DONT INSERT YOUR FINGERS IN AS I DID TRY THE SOLUTION 2 OR THREE TIME IT SHOULD BE OK, HOPE THIS WORKS FOR YOU,
THANKS LABBER

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My camera did this like 3 years ago and I never did any research to fix it until now...going into the menu and resetting the display thing worked...yoiu just saved me 500 dollars...thanks a bunch

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Hello,

My wife's camera developed the same problem, and I tried the menu solution. It worked!! Thanks, all!

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Posted on Nov 15, 2007

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I tried all this but the only thing worked was to remove the tape, leave cam ON and then put the tape back and turn recording on. It worked.

Posted on Jun 10, 2007

My pv-dv53 did the same thing. now it's fine i don't understand. seems like there may have been an unregistered dew problem. maybe it dried itself out? good luck

Posted on May 15, 2007

Mine was doing the same thing. It wouldn't play any tapes. I stuck my finger in the tape path and moved all the metal and rubber rollers to see if they were free, which they seemed to be. After I tried it again, it is working. I don't know if it will help, but it is worth a try. Panasonic wants $261 to repair it, which is more than some newer ones. Maybe you will get lucky too, otherwise it is just a paperweight.

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The solution posted didn't work for me, I have the same problem. Did you find another one or did this one work for you?

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