Hi, I have inserted a tape into Panasonic AG-DV2700 Mini DV Player/Recorder. It closes normally then it shuts down and show a F08 error message on the display. When i switch it back on, it whirrls to life for a while before shutting down again. I do not have this problem before and i have used it to play any kind of tape for quite some time. I have been using it to connect from the MAC to the TV
How can i retrieve my tape and how can get the player to stop shutting down? Thanks
The situation with MY Panasonic AG-DV2700 is this: put a tape in and the recorder tries twice to load it and then switches off, showing the error code F08. If I switch it back on again quickly, before the head drum stops spinning, the machine begins to wind the tape forward, NOT at full speed but at about camcorder speed or a bit slower. Pressing the display button until it shows TC ............. may give a readout, ie if the tape has been recorded on. You cannot switch the VCR off or stop it or eject the tape; the recorder has taken over and winds the tape until the end; THEN it springs into life and goes << into its usual "warp speed" rewind and is totally accessible to all controls. The trouble is, I imagine, that the NOISELESS slow >> FF gives the impression the DV2700 is doing NOTHING when in fact, for whatever reason, it's winding to the end of the tape. To get the tape out; switch the recorder on; if the loading mechanism retracts [ best see this with lid off - 2 plastic side cheeks slide back about 0.5 cm and then lift up, with a bit of manoeuvering ] then switch off at the mains. Apply a small voltage, 3 - 6 volts, to the big motor at left side of loading tray and it will open, cassette unharmed - make sure tape isn't loaded or you will stretch the tape and ruin it.
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When there's a problem with the drive mechanism of a VCR it will shut down to prevent damage. All operations of a VCR are controlled by a computer chip. This is told what mode the mechanism is in by a Mode Switch. If this is faulty it can cause the machine to play up. Sometimes a spray of Video 40 on the mode switch can restore operation. However it will not correct the problem if the mechanism has any damage on it.
There can be several reasons for the tape spitting back out including, a defective tape, foreign object/lablel in the cassette compartment, unit in timer recording with tab knocked out on tape and then actual mechanical and electrical faults.
I will concentrate on the mechanical and electrical faults here, since you can verify the others.
Electrical, would include the Power supply, and Micro processor circuits.
A weakened power supply due to deterioration of the filter components will kick the tape out if the power supply voltage drops below a certain value. The filter components deteriorate with age and heat, and then put out less voltage.
There are critical timing circuits, and sensors that control the mechanism positioning and send signals to the Micro processor. The tape in sensor, mode switch, and LED are common faults here.
Mechanical faults include the Cassette Loading Assembly, Capstan, and Drum motor. A fault in the casseette housing assembly that won't allow it to load 100%, a Drum or Capstan motor that is sluggish or frozen will send a signal to he CPU to kick the tape back out.
The Power Supply is a common failure.
An experienced technician can verify the power supply voltages and replace the filter components for approximately $25.00 plus labor.
I've been working for hours on this machine, cleaning and lubricating the mechanism and trying various adjustments to fix related problems. If I recall correctly the F11 error is due to tape mistracking, indicating damage to same. Someone posted a suggestion that the F08 error indicated a drum relay problem, requiring professional servicing; but it also comes up on my machine if the tape tension is too high and the mechanism cannot overcome it when loading the tape. I only realised this after finally tracking down pretty well all of the bearings needing lubrication; then adjustments to the tape tension could be detected. I've got to the stage that my AG-DV2700 will accept tapes that have been recorded on that machine; playing them instantly, after the usual auto tape tensioning where the tape is FF a few seconds and then RW a similar amount, if the safety shutter is enagaged; and merely accepting them in the normal fashion otherwise. Up until this point it would throw up the F08 error whatever tape was put in; if you switched the recorder back on instantly the tape would slow FF, ie not its usual whirlwind winding, and be available for use after auto rewind at the end. If a tape NOT recorded on it is put in it still stops with the F08 error. I would suggest that trouble with this recorder is likely due the loading mechanism becoming stiff. All you have to do is dismantle it - but there's lots of tricky bits and bobs in there to watch out for.
The message indicates that an internal problem was detected and that the unit has shut down to prevent damage to the tape. The tape will need to be removed by hand. I can not receommend a repair location without knowing where you are.