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JVC GR-D250U (GR-D250US) Safeguard Mode -- Missing screw?

I have a JVC GR-D250U MiniDV Video Camera, purchased early 2006 that locked up with the "Unit in Safeguard Mode" alert problem "06." Problem began late 2006 w/no extended warranty so it was past the 90 day labor and parts, but still in the 12 month part only. After going online I saw that this was a common problem, and I called JVC hoping to get some further assistance than parts only coverage. No joy. Over the phone with JVC I was told it was a "failure of the pulse generator" (?) and told my only option was to go to a service center for warranty work. I called the nearest service center but decided I would soon pay for the unit again in diagnostic and service costs. Thus the unit has sat for over a year in the closet. Today I decided to check if there was anything different online and not finding any new news decided it was time to break out the tiny screw drivers.
At this point, I have found a screw missing. Although I have one-half exposed at this time, the missing screw is behind a tiny grey plastic panel behind the LCD. When the LCD screen is open there is a plastic panel up against the hinge (takes two screws to remove). When I removed the plastic panel I was greeted with four screw holes, two from the screws I removed and two that mount (or keep still/keep in place) a flat cable. In mine, there is only one screw holding the cable down. I am curious if the other fell out. At one point--after the error--there was a rattle in the unit. Although it is possible that the screw was never put in, I now suspect that the screw may have come loose and shorted something out, or became lodged in a mechanism (I would prefer the latter).
Anyone opened a GR-D250U unit yet? If not and you have this same error, I would be curious if you are also missing this screw--it is an easy removal (no tamper stickers) and the LCD screen will flip around so the screwdriver is not near it. I will forge on, may have to pack it up until tomorrow evening.

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  • nmorales19 Jun 21, 2008

    I came across the same problem with my JVC GR-D250U on the Error 06 Unit in Safeguard mode. I actually followed your instructions CINDINI, and I made a critical observation. The black flat cable was pressing against the microchip board, and underneath the cable was a black square piece of plastic stuck between the cable and chip board. I removed the pinched square piece with eyebrow tweezers, and I popped the cable up after this I did not pop the cable back down instead I left as is making sure nothing was touching the chip board. I took the grey plastic piece that takes two screws and put it back on. I found that it worked, and I have yet to receive another "Unit in Safe Guard mode error." It has been a total of one hour between M, A, and Play modes with no error. I have also turned it off anywhere from 3 to 5 times, and I believe the problem has been resolved. Thanks for your input I would not have fixed it without your posting.

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My LCD would only turn on intermittently. I did the same thing as nmorales19. There was no loose plastic in my unit but I did move the ribbon cable so that it folds different and does not touch the circuit board. I did not replace the grey cover since it will get in the way of the ribbon cable now. Now that the ribbon cable doesn't touch the circuit board my LCD comes on every time and I don't have to try and use the camera looking through the crappy view finder!

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I came across the same problem with my JVC GR-D250U on the Error 06 Unit in Safeguard mode. I actually followed your instructions CINDINI, and I made a critical observation. The black flat cable was pressing against the microchip board, and underneath the cable was a black square piece of plastic stuck between the cable and chip board. I removed the pinched square piece with eyebrow tweezers, and I popped the cable up after this I did not pop the cable back down instead I left as is making sure nothing was touching the chip board. I took the grey plastic piece that takes two screws and put it back on. I found that it worked, and I have yet to receive another "Unit in Safe Guard mode error." It has been a total of one hour between M, A, and Play modes with no error. I have also turned it off anywhere from 3 to 5 times, and I believe the problem has been resolved. Thanks for your input I would not have fixed it without your posting.

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E06 means the capstan motor is not working well.even if is working somewere it is stucking.so try to open the mechanisum assumbly and remove screw or some plastic pice in the middile of the teeth which is creating this error.

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