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"Push the reset switch"

Whenever power is turned on I am getting a message in LCD panel flashes the message stating " Push the reset switch" Even if I push the reset switch and turn the camera off & on it back again the same message is coming back again & again. I even tried it with different batteries & direct power but the results are same. I removed the inserted tape & tried it with new casset but no luck. With this message flashing I can not operate anything. Is this due to exposure to condensation or mechanical defect? User manual does not specify this & does not even tell what causes this message coming. Can you please help me with this matter? Thanks, Nagaraj

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  • RonnieG Nov 08, 2007

    I have the same issue.

    when changing the tape, or after a function (ie, after rewinding the tape, etc.) Just to playback video or record, I have to do the "press the reset switch" dance for about 10-20 minutes. Eventually, however, it works... but by then, the event that I wanted to record is over.

  • not a tech Dec 01, 2007

    Yes I had the problem and it finished up all them mechanics of the tape would not work. Had it repaired at a cost of $250 and now it is doing it again, would love an answer

  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2007

    same problen as above

  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2007

    Same Problem

    I found through trial and error that the tape was coming unseated in the case. I eject the tape and reinsert it to clear the problem (sometimes takes several tries to get the tape to eject) Good Luck

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  • redryder4 Jan 21, 2008

    Looks like there are no fixes as of yet... I too will turn on the camera only to here those horrid beeps and the dreaded "push the reset button" message. This was remedied by turning power off/on. As of late, more specifically, on my son's 3rd birthday. I must have reset the thing 25 times! I missed footage I'll never be able to replace.

    Sometimes when powering on, I feel the cassette trying to eject (while the door is closed! This is soon followed by the "push the reset button" message.

    I too have had the tape (ribbon) pull out from the cassette.

    The problem is happening much more frequently now.

    I think I'll invest in a new camera before spending money to repair this one. A friend has a similar model panasonic and was experiencing the same problems. He took it in for repair and is again having problem..

    I hate bad mouthing panasonic, but I'd steer clear from this generation of Pani's.



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I had the same problem with the 'push the rest button' on the display after the tape mechanism jammed up against the tape compartment cover. I figured there was probably a mechanical error, possibly a switch. I dissassembled the camcorder and found the tape compartment cover switch was sticking. Here's how to fix it with some photos to illustrate:

1. Open the tape compartment door and remove the screws in the small plastic cover (fig. 1). Remember to look a which screw came from each hole as they are all different.

2. Remove the plastic part from above the tape mechanism (fig. 2)

3. Remove the screw above the front grip belt mount (fig. 3)

4. Remove the screw above the mic (fig. 4)

5. Remove the battery and take out the screw at the top left under the viewfinder (fig. 5)

6. Take out the screws under the LCD monitor (fig. 6)

7. Remove the two screws from the front underside of the camera body (fig. 7)

8. Now you can slide the front of the camera, together with the curved aluminium top section away from the main body of the camera (fig. 8)

9. It is possible to reach the switch with the front moved forward slightly, but it is possible to take the front off entirely by removing the wiring ribbon with the green tab (fig. 9)

10. Clean the brown switch at the bottom left of the exposed camera front with a soft brush/air (fig. 10 )

11. Reassembly is the reverse of the above procedure.

Hopefully this will mean no more frustration with the 'press reset button' screen.steviedeee_0.jpgsteviedeee_1.jpgsteviedeee_3.jpgsteviedeee_4.jpgsteviedeee_6.jpgsteviedeee_7.jpgsteviedeee_8.jpg

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I have the same problem with my new Panasonic Camcorder, and found out the problem came from using a mini DV tape rewinder to rewind the tapes (all brand new). It looks that the camcorder does not read the length after the rewinding. I spent an hour to forword the tape to its end by a pencil then the error is gone. Not a good solution but there is a reason.

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I had the same problem, I took it to panasnic and had to replace the tape carriage mechanism, fixed the problem but was EXPENSIVE (but less than a new camera so decided to do it).

Technician said lack of use causes the carriage to seize up (I barely use my camera) he said store with tape out of camera, and once a week play / record for a few minutes to keep the carriage in good working order.

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I notice this happens right after changing the tape. it's a PITA, but make sure the doors all close tightly is my best suggestion.

Posted on Nov 09, 2007

I was having the same problem and now, the power has stopped coming 'ON', neither the casette comes out. Need urgent help Anant

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