Question about Panasonic AG-DV2000 Mini DV VCR
I have a Panasonic AG-DV2000 Mini DV VCR and recently the full size DV tapes quit loading. The drawer tries to close but stops short of closing and opens back up. Mini DV tapes load fine but the full size tapes won't. Any ideas? thanks
This isn't the most professional solution but I stumbled upon it and it works most of the time.
I was dubbing tape to DVD via a set-top DVD burner. I had the DVD burner stacked on top of the AG-DV200. As a result of operating both at the same time, the DV deck got really warm. By chance and frustration I attempted a full size tape again and learned that the tape drawer will accept Full-size tapes when the deck is warm. I'm assuming the increased temperature loosens up some of the grease.
Not perfect... but definitely got me out of a bind and some expensive repairs.
Posted on Aug 24, 2009
Mine was broken in the same way (unable to load DV tape). Turns out that inside the left side of the tape drawer there is a white plastic piece that has a pin that sticks out and engages the mechanism that moves the tape reels. This all happens based on the lever on the left front of the tape drawer. Well there is a small spring that operates all this and in my case there was a black plastic pin that is part of the drawer that broke off (frankly a very weak link in a $2k machine). I was able to manufacture a new pin but it was very, very difficult. I would say that for most folks you need the new drawer.
Posted on May 07, 2009
I am experiencing the same exact problem with my ag dv2000 and after reading thes comments im a little confused ...so u guys are saying 2 things it could be the grease is hardened or its the cassete it self? i started my current job working with video and my ag 2000 since i started a year ago ... always needed a little help getting the dv cassete loaded. so i would just give it a little push with my thumb. the the dv deck has sat for the summer and when i tried to use it today 1. the tape wouldnt load and the mechinism that pulls the film reel out dosent even turn on when the dv tape is inside???when it started to do this the monitor that it is connected to said that i have the wrong tape inserted???wtf! lol Please give me some guidence otherwise i might have to go the shitty route and take this aged item to a repair shop.........................:-(
Posted on Aug 29, 2008
The problem you are having is caused by the grease that is used to move the reel positioning mechanism has hardened. Once the grease hardens the reels can no longer position properly. The grease needs to be removed and replaced. Do not remove the cassette assembly, only remove the top plate. Also check the pinch roller grease, make sure the pinch roller moves freely.
Posted on Dec 26, 2007
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.
Posted on Oct 30, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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.
Posted on Oct 26, 2007
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