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Error Code F-04 (I think !)

I have a Panasonic NV-DS38 that is giving me an error code I think of F-04 - Does anyone know what i need to do ? Chris

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Re: Error Code F-04 (I think !)

The problem of your camera is the mechanical timing

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I also have the same problem and after almost buying a replacement I thought I would try one time to get it to go.

What I did was start the cam without a tape in it, let it bring up the little red icon indicating no tape inserted, (it hadn't started flashing "PLEASE RE-OPERATE AFTER PUSHING RESET BUTTON" at this stage) then I inserted my tape. Hey presto, it works although for how long I don't know. I'll immediately start burn my tapes to disc while the going is good.

Hope this helps someone

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it is general fault in this camcorder get a clean path tape and you may get better work regards

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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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