Question about Panasonic AG-1980 S-VHS VCR

2 Answers

Panasonic AG-1980 I record town meeting once a week for 3 hours each night.. I use 2 Panasonic 1980 decks. The past couple of weeks, After recording the meeting on T160 tapes, I go to change the tape & one of my machines powers down & wont turn back on. I have an error F04 message. I actually have had a tape get suck in the deck at the last meeting. Any help?

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer
Re: Panasonic AG-1980

Try cleaning the heads, especially the ones that don't move. Head cleaning tape might work, but use it sparingly, it's abrasive (wears the heads out). There are directions on the web to clean the heads. Do not use a q-tip on the moving heads, it could easily ruin them. Recommended is chamois, that towel alternative, on a stick. They sell them that way for cleaning heads.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer
Re: Panasonic AG-1980

I have a ag 1960 deck in new condition(I bought it new has about 10 hours on recorder). I have not use it for a year. everything works execpt it will not record vido or audio, the counter will not work. It was never droped?


Posted on Feb 17, 2008

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Hi - I have a panasonic ag-7330 SVHS deck. It lights up but does absolutely nothing. The Video Rec Servo light is blinking constantly. Any ideas?

It could have a timer record present that needs to be cleared. Otherwise it could be the mode switch playing up. But that too can be caused by physical damage inside the unit, thus setting the mechanism in the wrong position. In other words it thinks it is in record mode when it's not!

Aug 24, 2015 | Panasonic AG-7330 S-VHS VTR PAL w/...

1 Answer

Panasonic troubleshooting

I guess you mean a Set Top Box to convert digital TV transmission to old analog TV. Choose the correct video format for your screen.
Ah... Perhaps Your recording at an old standard & passing it to a modern TV or HD TV with the digital output from 1080 HD to 720 or lower still.
Get a Digital Hard Drive recorder.....

The modern way to Record video is to use a Hard Disk Drive Recorder rather than a VCR. They have a built in tuner and can record 2 stations at once and have a built in Electronic Program Guide. The EPG info is transmitted with the Digital TV transmission from the broadcaster.
I bought one 2 weeks ago for an old 85yo friend so he could record late night stuff and play back later. He still uses the VCR but only for old VHS Tape playback. It was a TEAC HDR9650TS Digital Video Recorder and I picked it up new for Aus$188.
Here are the unit features
Main Features:
DVB-T Twin Digital Turners
DVR Recording: Record three channels while watching a 4th from same network Smart Series Record feature to record a whole series at a touch of a button
2.5" Sata Hard disk: 500GB
Time Shift Function (Pause live TV)
HDMI Digital Output
Digital Audio Output
CVBS/YPbPr/SPDIF connectors
Supports TV formats 4:3 and 16:9
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) up to 7 days in advance
EPG searching and auto download
Recorded program edit
Parental Control
Copy files from internal HDD to external HDD
Built-in WiFi
Network Playback
USB 2.0 Interface

Aug 14, 2014 | Panasonic VCRs

1 Answer

Digitized picture playing out from Panasonic AJ-D230H

There are several PCB's in the DVC:

Input TBC
Video IO
Mechanical \ IF
Digital Core

all of these boards have lots of, electrolytic can, surface mount capacitors:
upon researching the MFG specifications of the caps used by Panasonic, i found that they have a lifetime use rating in hours at a given temperature..

3000 hours of use at 100 deg c

these caps dry up and the power supplys get noisy and the caps that are employed in time constant circuit applications function out of spec ( if at all )

For about 3 months have been refurbinshing units successfully by replacing all of these caps

panasonic makes all of thes caps available as a service part kit

however the pcb's are very deleicate

I am only successful because I have 15 years of electronics engineering ecperience..

there is a tool call a Capacitor ERS analyzer ( Equivalt Series Resistance )
a good cap will measure .25 to 2 ohms and anything above 5 ohms is stale

I am getting set up in a new building for serviceing 230's and 255's at first and then i'll expand
I use a electronics assembly house to do the replacment of alll of the cap that go stale.

I have put together caps lists and digikey part #'s and generated my own re-capping kit that is much cheaper that the kit offered bt panasonic.

if you are interested in my services I am Ed

Mar 26, 2009 | Panasonic AJ-D230H DV/Mini DV VCR

1 Answer

Can the Panasonic AG-DV2500 play 90 minutes Minidv tapes?

the DV2500 will not play LP (90 minute) tapes. when an LP tape is inserted, it will play for 2-3 seconds, and then eject.

Nov 28, 2008 | Panasonic AG-DV2500 DV/Mini DV VCR

1 Answer

Multilple Panasonic AG-5210 to record from single source


Aug 11, 2008 | Panasonic AG-5210 VHS VCR

1 Answer

H02 Error Message

H02 error on AG-1980 is a "capstan motor error." most likely problem is a defective capstan motor.

Apr 02, 2008 | Panasonic AG-1980 S-VHS VCR

1 Answer

Colour Noise and Dim Display

Did you try cleaning the tape head of the player?

For some reason be sure all the gear or any mechanical inside the player is freely rotating.

Adjust the VCR tracking to get a good picture.

Feb 19, 2008 | Panasonic AG-1980 S-VHS VCR

1 Answer

Vcr problem

Did you try cleaning video heads? Most obvious problem. Do you see the picture out of the VCR while recording? That would rule out cables, switches set wrong and most of the electronic circuits. 

Oct 15, 2007 | Panasonic AG-1980 S-VHS VCR

2 Answers

Panasonic AG-1980

most likely problem is a dirty or defective mode switch. this switch tells the internal computer what position the mechanism is in. if the switch is bad, the computer is "confused."

Sep 24, 2007 | Panasonic AG-1980 S-VHS VCR

Not finding what you are looking for?
Panasonic AG-1980 S-VHS VCR Logo

Related Topics:

401 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Panasonic VCRs Experts

Cindy Wells

Level 3 Expert

4721 Answers

Pieter Vleeshouwers

Level 3 Expert

1330 Answers


Level 3 Expert

56925 Answers

Are you a Panasonic VCR Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides