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Hi my panasonic VIDEO PLAYER has the code F03 come up on the front when I put a video in, now the power goes off to it and it wont eject the tape in it. I would appreciate your help here please....


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  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    I have the same VCR and same problem, looks like sending it to the scrap heap since the labour cost alone is more than a new VCR.


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Hi, the problem may be typical for this VCR , you must to change 2 mechanical parts, one is the plug on the loading motor , the other is a rod, but you must to have experience in VCR repairs, becouse of that the best solution is to find a Panasonic service center

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Hi. I posted this question in the hope of getting some help with my VCR, as it was advertised as a free site... oh its free alright to post the question but to get any help you need to pay..... SO I SENT MY VCR TO A REPAIR SHOP LOCALLY !!! thats how I fixed the problem. with NO HELP FROM THIS SITE AT ALL........ Thanks but no thanks...........

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