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Quasar VM-L450 I cannot operate the units any more. Upon powering up, the words "Dew Detected" pop up on the screen. The unit has sat in numerous environments but the message remains the same. It the unit bad?

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  • MAVG Nov 16, 2007

    Yes, I have the same problem ... DEW DETECTED has been displayed for months ... have tried numerous ways to open all ports and dry it out to no avail. Any help?

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In your owners manual on page 52 you will find a list of authorized service centers for the camcorder.Give the one in your area a call. Tell them the brand name and model number of your camcorder and ask them if there is a solution for the problem with the dew monitor disabling the use of the camcorder.They will have all the service information and should be able to help you with the problem. You can also call the Panasonic customer support telephone number at 1-800-211-7262. Between the hours of 9am-7pm EST. Give the information about the brand name and model number of your camcorder and ask the for help with the dew monitor problem disabling the use of the camcorder. I hope this information helps you with your problem

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