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Problem with Panasonic NV-GS3 camcorder

When I place a DV cassette in my camcorder it says "incompatible tape". I have tried using another dv cassette but same error. It wont let me record or play the DV tape. I left it for two hours to rest and tried it again, but same problem. Can you help, has anyone had a similiar problem. Jinn

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Re: Problem with Panasonic NV-GS3 camcorder

Use cleaning cassette , before a brand new blank tape ( may have a worn or damaged tape in your library ) ;

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