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Panasonic AG-DV2000 Mini DV VCR will not play large DV tapes

Panasonic AG-DV2000 Mini DV VCR works great with miniDV tapes but for some odd reason I cannot get large DV tapes to play without extreme banding and drop outs. I have brought it into my local video tech and he cleaned the heads and I still had the same result. I'm getting frustrated that no one can fix it b/c I just bought it off of ebay pretty recently and nowadays all of my work is on DV tapes, not miniDV. I know its not the tapes I'm using either b/c they play fine in the same exact machine I have at another office! Anyone who can help will be blessed with good karma b/c I'm near the end of my rope. I had seen someone who had a similar problem and was selling their AG-DV2000 for much much much less than what I had bought it for and mentioned it would need a new DV sensor or something like that. Does anyone have a solution????

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  • kcrow28 Aug 20, 2007

    I'm told to add more information although I'm not sure what else to add. The problem is this: Large format DV tapes (not miniDV) do not play properly. It plays back with extreme dropouts and a ton of banding even though the footage on the tape is pristine. I have checked the footage on someone else's same exact deck and it plays perfectly, but once that tape goes into my deck...total garbage. Again, this problem NEVER happens when watching and/or capturing miniDV, only DV tapes. The heads have been cleaned so thats not the problem (plus those same heads play miniDV fine). Don't know what else to say because the problem is simple, but the solution seems unobtainable. Hopefully someone has heard of this before because like I wrote previously I'd seen someone selling the Panasonic AG-DV 2000 with my exact problem (only plays miniDV) but for a very low price. Thank you.

  • kcrow28 Aug 29, 2007

    Former advice is very vague...can anyone be more specific as to what the problem actually is and how to fix it? Even the tech's I've taken it to don't really know what's wrong and/or how to repair. I own a Panasonic AG-DV2000 and MiniDV tapes plays fine, DV tapes are loaded with dropout/banding on playback though. I know its not the footage on the DV tapes b/c I've double checked all the footage on another AG-DV2000 & it played perfectly. Basically does anyone have suggestions for what the actual issue/problem is that a Panasonic AG-DV2000 won't play back DV tapes cleanly even though miniDV tapes play fine. I will then take those recommendations to the "qualified technician" in order to facilitate the mending of the deck. Does this deck have different sets of heads for miniDV & DV sized tapes? Anyone know a number to call Panasonic so I can talk to someone and see if they'll know or fix the problem???

  • kcrow28 Sep 03, 2007

    I don't understand...I just want a refund at this point, I mean you have a possible solution for me and the site wont let you post it, thats BS! Thanks anyway, hopefully they'll let it go through.

  • kcrow28 Sep 03, 2007

    Well, I'm reposting again b/c the site administration wouldn't let the last expert post his answer(makes me think it's the right one too with my luck). Panasonic Ag-DV 2000 can playback miniDV but not DV tapes. DV footage plays but with an unacceptable amount of dropout.

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THIS MAY SOUND DUMB .... DID YOU CHECK ALL OF YOUR MENU OPTIONS? SOME HAVE FORMAT SELECTIONS. eG. YO CANT PLAY A RECORD AT 45RPM RECORDED ON 33-1/3. GOOD LUCK

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Posted on Sep 03, 2007

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    Nigel Ridehalgh Sep 03, 2007

    sorry - the site won't allow me to post my solution for some reason - I have contacted site admin so hopefully you will get the solution soon.

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  • Nigel Ridehalgh
    Nigel Ridehalgh Sep 04, 2007

    Please tell us your general location and we can give you contact details for panasonic. If in the USA then call 800-211-7262. Go to this link to find a local authorised service centre;
    http://www.panasonic.com/support/

    You can get the user manual here;
    http://service.us.panasonic.com/operman/...

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    Nigel Ridehalgh Sep 04, 2007

    or try this direct link (may not work);
    http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANP...

    I suspect the problem could be with the heads - the head cleaner that is available only cleans the miniDV part of the heads (check page 74 of the manual).

    Do you get any error messages or codes when you turn the unit on or while you are attempting DV playback? (Check page 67)

    Check page 65 - SP/LP mode - could this be the problem?

    Check page 4 (bottom right) - does the DV/Mini DV light illuminate correctly for the different tape types - if not then the sensor (as you mentioned) that detects which type of tape is inserted needs repairing or more likely replacing.

    If you need help finding a local service centre who can check and repair/replace the heads or sensor then please ask again with some location details.

    Hope this helps :)

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The problem of your player is the mechanism to dv tape slut(not mini dv)...it need to calibrate or to tune up...only can fix this is a qualified technician....

Posted on Aug 25, 2007

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SOURCE: Panasonic AG-DV2000 Mini DV VCR will not play large DV tapes

the "dv sensor"is actually a mechanical lever built into the cassette housing that moves the reel tables to match the reel spacing on mini or full-size DV tapes. check to see if this assembly is free to move. if it binds up, the reel tables may not move as far as they need to, and can cause problems similar to the one you're seeing. to inspect the mechanism, you need to remove the cassette housing. if you don't have a service manual, get a tech to help -- it's a delicate procedure for the inexperienced.

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