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Hi there, I have two queries please. 1) I am in Auckland, NZ and am finding it hard to find a cable (camera to AC adapter) for my Panasonic NV-DS 60 vidcam. Any ideas.? 2) and most importantly... Daughter :- * played tape - fine * changed tape - nothing on screen * purchased headcleaner - it started to chew the tape Me :- * tried headcleaner again. Won't play. Little red icon flashes screen. Think its means 'no tape' * put another tape in - wont' play, wont rewind. I pushed rewind and a image (that we recorded) showed up breifly. * Tried again. Chewed tape. Not sure what I need to do...and would love some feedback on this please? Thanks heaps in advance. Jainey

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  • Jaine May 04, 2010

    Hi there,

    Thanks for replying. What a great site. Especially for dummies like myself. LOL.



    Thanks for the advice re: cable. I shall head to store and ask for one of those. I would have gone to Panasonic and paid the earth (which was exactly what I was trying to avoid).



    Point 2:

    Yes, Cam was running fine, until my daughter went and changed a tape. Just for viewing purposes. Then nothing would appear on the screen. I asked a mate and he suggested cleaning the heads. Process of elimination, I guess. When my daughter attempted the head cleaning, it started to chew tape up. Only a little bit though. A couple of days later, I tried it myself and a the little red icon (i think it means 'no tape' - red rectangle with a line diagnol through it) showed on the screen. I tried pressing the play button. Wouldn't play. Tried pushing forward button. Wouldn't forward. So I tried putting in tape that we recorded. Press play. Wouldn't play. Press forward. Wouln't forward. Press rewind and image (not moving) showed. It looks as though it was something that my daughter had recorded at some stage. It just stayed there until I pressed stop. I pulled tape out and see that it also started to chew that tape. Only a little though. I have not tried anything since. Hope this makes sense. So in answer to your question, yes it only started chewing after the attempted head clean. But then we had viewing problems before then. Thanks once again. Jainey.

  • Jaine May 09, 2010

    Thanks a million. I appreciate the advise you given me. Have a wonderful day and God Bless! :)

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Http://www.eserviceinfo.com/index.php?what=search2&searchstring=nv-ds65


https://support.panasonic.co.nz/manuals.asp

There is a service manual, top link, it's a 4 part RAR file. Below is a user manual., for your series camera.
This is a pretty typical, fault, I would suspect that the "Mode Switch" has gone faulty, & quite, possibly, because it's bunching up the tape, the "Pinch Rollers" or the Reel Drive, motor, or sensor, or drive, circuit may be affected, these just spontaneously fail, &.this is one of these are the commonest things that displays these symptoms. You need to get you camera serviced by Panasonic, They are in Carbine Road, Mt Wellington, they have the skills and parts to repair your unit, they are a very specialized thing, and so finely manufactured, that considerable experience, and skill, plus parts, are required to effect a repair on camera, such as this. Ask for a "Quote" that way you can decide what to do, as sometimes a seemingly simple problem, may end up more than a second hand one or even new.
http://www.tv-forums.com/forum/TV_Equipment_C4/TV_Repair_Forum_F3/Panasonic_Service_Manual_P47425/
This link has a free service manual, if you ask.

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Hello, I would like to help you with your camcorder problems.

Regarding the first, sourcing a camera to AC adaptor: You basically need to bite the bullet and buy a 'universal' one from an electronics store (or ebay if that suits you better). They aren't free, but less than a replacement from Panasonic. As long as the universal transformer can deliver the voltage in the amperage range your camera requires (this will be in the manual or on the bottom of the camera itself) you should be okay.

Regarding the second, i am not sure I understand the process your camera put you through. It sounds like it was working, and then it stopped showing image, so you cleaned the heads with a special cleaning cassette. After that I am not clear if the camera is chewing the cleaning cassette or subsequent video tapes? Since I don't want to recommend anything that further jeopardizes your priceless home videos, I'd have to say : send the camera in for a servicing with a Panasonic certified tech.

At least, don't put anything but blank tapes in it to chew until it settles down.

Can you clarify your situation, is it basically chewing everything since the head cleaning cassette?

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