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Tape won't come out!

Hi! I bought a NV-GS230 a few years ago and I can't take the tape out of it. I've always taken good care of my camera and I didn't use it in any extrem condition... but now, when I open the tape cover on the camera, nothing happens!!! Can you please help me with this?

Thanks a lot!

Simon

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  • simon_benoit Jun 30, 2009

    The power seems to work correctly... When the camera is ON, everything seems fine but I can't record and I can't take the tape out... Could it be stuck? Is there any way I can open it to check it out?

    Thanks!


  • simon_benoit Jun 30, 2009

    I'll have to try this one... I'll keep you up to date about the result!

    Thanks



  • simon_benoit Jul 01, 2009

    HI,

    It may sound strange but I just realized that it's a PV-GS65 and not a NV-GS230.

    The power seems to work. I can use the camera to take pictures and I can look at them afterward. But as soon as I try to look at what's on the tape, I press play, fast forward or anything alse but the tape won't react... no noise or movement around the tape.

    When I try to film, the image appears on the screen and it shows REC but the seem thing happens (... nothing happens )

    Finaly, when I open the the camera to take the tape out, nothing moves...

    Do you have any idea of what it could be? Could it simply be the tape mechanism that's broken? If it's the case, do you know how I can open it to take a look at it?

    Thanks a lot!

    Simon


  • simon_benoit Jul 06, 2009

    Unfortunatly, nothing works... Do you have any other idea? Do you think I should open it take a look inside to see if anything seems to be stuck?

    Thanks


  • simon_benoit Jul 08, 2009

    Hi! I once tried to open it to check if anything could have loossen up but, once all the screws were taken off, nothing moved. Could you please tell me how to check the door latch and the springs?

    Thanks



  • simon_benoit Jul 13, 2009

    Actualy, I sent it to a Panasonic repair center and they finaly told me that the problem comes from the main board which would cost me around 600$ do get it repaired... Unfortunately, I think I'll simply have to forget about this camera (which is as new) and maybe get a new one...

    Thanks for your help!


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Well if the tape is not moving then there is something wroung with the motor inside, $600 for repairs there nuts when you can buy the part on ebay.com and put it in yourself for less then that. I think you need a secound opion on the $600 thing and not throw away this camera and look for the part they said went out online you will save your self a whole lot of cash.

I am sure this can be fixed for under $50 bucks as the board on ebay I seen for $35 before. I would do some research before throwing this away.

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This problem has nothing to do with whether you took good care of the camera, it is caused by a failure in the very complicated tape loading and unloading mechanism, it is either the drive belt has failed or the mechanism has a broken part, the bottom line is here you will need to send this into a Panasonic authorized repair station, the sooner you realize that you can't fix this at home the sooner you will have the camcorder back in use.

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Check the door latch and springs to make sure they are intact. They may have fallen loose. It also may be a firmware malfunction in the circuit board due to faulty capacitor or just planely the latch needs to be greased.

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Reset al settings to factory defaults.
Alo remove battery from cammera and meomry card from it.
Then check./

Posted on Jul 01, 2009

Sounds like a battery issue, if not, electronic.

Is the battery charged? Try keeping the power cord plugged in, then turn on the camera. There might also be a LOCK button or switch somewhere. Ensure it is not in the LOCK position. Then try opening the tape cover again.

Let me know how this goes.

Best regards.

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  • Anonymous Jun 30, 2009

    Just wanted to add, if the above doesn't work, the tape cover might not be fully closed. Try pushing it in further or give it a gentle tap. Then try ejecting again.

  • Anonymous Jun 30, 2009

    It does sound stuck. Can you try putting the camera into the Play mode (as opposed to record), and push the cassette cover in hard to make sure its closed properly, and then try ejecting while in play mode.

  • Anonymous Jun 30, 2009

    Not a problem, hope it helps.



    Best regards



    nLinked

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