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All of a sudden some of my tapes will not playback and others will??

My husband taped a game, like he has done before. He came home for me to transfer to a DVD. When I went to play back tape there was nothing there. I put in a tape that I had viewed before and still nothing. I then tried another tape and it plays just fine. I started going through other tapes and have found 4 tapes that will not play back. I know that no one but myself has viewed or touched two of the four tapes. I did not erase these two tapes, I am the only one who has touched these two tapes. I noticed that the tapes that play will register numbers at the top of screen "oh00m00s00t". The numbers change as I go forward and rewind the tapes. The 4 tapes that do not play back stay at zeros when I forward and rewind them. I am just a beginer with this camera. I can not find anything in manual to help me. Could a setting have been changed to cause a problem like this.

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Re: All of a sudden some of my tapes will not playback...

One possible reason this is happening would be that you are looking at a portion of the tape that hasn't been recorded on yet. Since there's no way to tell how far you're past the recorded part, rewind the tape to the beginning, then try again. That way you'll be sure you are starting from the very front. This assumes, of course, that your previous recording isn't somehow in between two blank sections of the tape.


While it is rewinding, you may want to watch the LCD screen to see if the numbers start counting down. But again, if not sure, let it rewind all the way to the beginning.


You've already tried other tapes in this camera that work, so it shouldn't be the camera. If you rewind the tape in question to the front, try it in another camera (take it to a video store and try it out in one of their demo cameras). If it's a user friendly store you might even take a working tape and your camera (be sure to check it in at the front door and have it labeled so they know it's yours when you come out). Good luck.

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Re: All of a sudden some of my tapes will not playback...

I have been experiencing the same problem with my Panasonic PV-GS120. I don't know the root cause or real solution, but I found if I keep playing the tape, rewind->play->rewind->play, eventually I would get the image back normal. I think I would try to clean up header with a header cleaner to see if it helps or not. If not, I plan to submit a request to Panasonic support to check out possible solution. Good luck.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006

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