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PANASONIC PVG59 I keep getting message PRESS THE RESET SWITCH but pressing the RESET button makes no difference and the same error message comes up

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Hi, I have a Panasonic NV-DS38 which does exactly the same thing. I spent £160 in a repair lab to fix a year ago and now its doing the same thing again. V annoying. But I have found its something to do with the loaded tape. Try a different tape or try ejecting, powering off, powering on and reloading the tape. Its a workaround rather thasn a solution but have a go and let me know. Martin

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