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Please reoperate after pressing reset button

As soon as I put a tape in the camera light starts flashing, then I get the error message. After about half an hour searching the manual (nothing in there about the reset button), I finally found it next to the tape eject button, pressed it and got the message 'Service'. I spent around $400 trying to get this fixed and it worked for about 5 minutes. What can I do now?

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When you switch it on the red led will light up but within 10 seconds it will flash and then a message on the screen will come on to tell you to reset then tell you "in service".
This will repeat itself forever to frustrate you no end but I have stumbled onto tricking it into working, ie get the led on without progressing to flash. Try switching it on and as soon the led comes on, switch it off, do this a few times, then leave the switch on and voila it might stay on like it did for me.
Just now I have ran it for an hour, switch it off then after 30 seconds turn it back on and it stays on.
I thick the reset button is all bull. Let me know how it all went or am I all bull for your NV-DS38.

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

  • chasmellish Aug 02, 2011

    I followed said guidance notes above and didn't get much success, but did remove the cassette from the camera. It could be that the switching ON and OFF helped, but after the cassette was removed the camera started displaying scenes on the screen.
    The cassette was inserted and the camera works.
    Thanks for the tips about the RESET button, as I didn't have to waste time reading the mighty manual.

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