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Panasonic dv53

I have a problem with my Panasonic dv53. It keeps causing the tapes unwind out of the minidv cassette cartridge. It did this with 3 different tapes. It will not play back in VCR mode, all I get is a blue screen. The power light blinks and then the camera shuts off. It will not record nor will it respond properly when I try to upload video to my computer via IEEE cable. It was working fine and then all of a sudden this started happening. Thanks if anyone can help.

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. Take out the tape - AND TURN THE CAMERA POWER ON
2. press the menu button (near the viewfinder)
3. Use he wheel on top next to the viewfinderto scroll through the choices
4. Choose "display setup" by pushing the wheel in
5. Choose "C. Rest" by pushing the wheel in
6. Turn camera off
7. Next time you turn camera on y ou should be able to view tapes and record.

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The most common cause of this is dust, debris or contamination on the heads.

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Hi there,

I've just posted this solution to another user:

This is likely to be your heads, but you need to be made aware of the following:

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