Question about Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV52 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
My camcorder will not properly feed the tape. If I hit record or play, the tape gets pulled out of the cassette about three inches then camera stops and "tape not inserted message shows up on screen". I hate Panasonic as they have supplied me with a crap projection TV that has "shit the bed" in 5 years. Booooooooooooo Panasonic. Do not buy Panasonic!!!
So I totally had the exact same problem, tape jam, then the blinking power light. I took the case off ( was about 8 or 9 screws). Took a look at all the pretty ribbons inside. Put the lid back on...and guess what...it works!!! Must be some kind of internal reset maybe? who knows...saved me from buying a new one though.
Posted on Sep 20, 2007
Its a longshot, but I'd rather be lucky than smart! I have one, too. It ate a coupla tapes. Its 4 yrs old and off of warranty. It replaced a Sharp VHS c-corder that crapped out after 11 yrs of dutiful service and occasional abuse. The DV-52 was treated more carefully, yet had this problem after only 4 years. Still, if I had to replace it today for $300, it would be an equivalent value to the $800 I paid for that Sharp.... perspective. AAANyway, I figured what the hey and looked in the tape drive and jiggled everything to no avail. Load a tape and the power light flashes twice, pause, twice, pause for as long as you like, but no play, no record. Then I pulled a Tim Allen- RHS cover has 6 tiny screws- careful they'r JIS not Phillips heads- get the driver. I opened the cover ~1/2" to see if the back of the tape drive was visible- thinking maybe a belt change was in order like on VCRs at the 5-7 year mark. I peeked in and saw a bunch of delicate ribbon cables and circuit boards so I put it back together. NOW IT WORKS AGAIN> don't know why. I have an MS in Mechanical engineering, but no clue why taking something apart carefully and putting it back together often works wonders.....just don't go so far you break stuff!!!! I never got to unplugging/replugging any of the ribbon cables because they look too delicate. I honestly just removed 6 screws and then lifted the cover 1/2" gently, peeked (not POKED) inside and put it back together carefully- all screws part way, then tighten alternately till all are snug. MAGIC? perhaps some little button was jammed, perhaps the case/cover was skewed a tad and I released it. Perhaps it was latent Luck o' the Irish. Hope it helps, hope you don't break anything. You could also take it to a repair shop. Eaten tapes have no audio for me.... but a new tape seemed to record and play ok. This was a ditch effort before buying a replacement- not for the faint of heart.
Posted on Mar 22, 2007
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