Question about Panasonic PV-GS300 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Panasonic PV-GS300 I have a panasonic digital mini-dv camcorder that cost about 400. It is not even a year old. I dropped it but it works except for the the LCD screen which has a crack and is only showing a white light. Instead of sending to a repair shop (which will cost me about 200.) is not better for me to try to replace the lcd screen myself? The part does not cost more then 70. How hard is it to merely take off the old broken lcd screen and replace withanother. Is it plug and play or does it require more complicated electronic work? I also dropped my pv-gs300 and cracked the LCD screen.  Can anyone please tell me how much it is for a replacement screen and were can I purchase one?  How dificult is it to replace? Thanks

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  • zip9211 Apr 25, 2008

    Thank you all so much I ordered the screen and I was pretty surprised how easy it was to replace (I am not gifted when it comes to any type of electonics). Long story short with all your help I was able to order and fix it myself. One more thing..how do "rate" the advise you all gave me?

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It is only one item that you are talking about above right?

Anyway to replace the screen (All brands are similar, the one I am most familiar with is Kodak which is what I am basing these directions off of), remove all of the small philips head screws that are in the chrome band that runs around the center ridge of the camera. After removing the screws, you will be able to separate the rear half of the camera from the front half. The LCD screen is pressed into a rubber gasket in the rear half of the camera. You will see that there is a small, flat orange ribbon cable that connects the old LCD screen to a black connector on the camera's motherboard. Using a VERY small flat blade screw driver, pry up the top tab on black connector. This will unlock the connector and allow you to remove the flat ribbon cable from the black connector. Remember the orientation of the old screen and its cable as you will want to replaced the new screen and cable exactly the way the original was installed. Using the same small flat blade screw driver, pry out the old display. Install the new display into the rubber gasket into the back half of the camera. Insert the ribbon cable into the mother board's black connector and press down on the panel to lock the cable into place. Lay the rear half of the camera face down on the table (rear buttons facing down) and place the front half of the camera over top of the rear half. This will allow you to put the camera back together and help prevent the new LCD screen from falling back out. The LCD screen has pads attached to the surface behind it. When you reinstall the front half of the camera, those pads help hold the LCD screen in place with pressure from the motherboard. Replace all of the screws. If you did it correctly, the camera will operate like new. Last word of advice. Buy a padded hard shell case for this camera to help prevent future screen cracking from accidental dropping.

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Posted on Apr 21, 2008

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    Benjamin Patri Apr 24, 2008

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    Benjamin Patri Apr 24, 2008

    you can order one through the manufacturer or through an electronics store

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    Benjamin Patri Apr 26, 2008

    no problem, glad you were able to fix it

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HI,

The best solution is that if it is under warranty then immediately return it.Atleast they will charge you less.If you want to replace the screen by yourself then go ahead but in case if you spoil anything else then this will avoid you r warranty and you will be charged more.

I'll let you know from where you can get the replacement part.

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  • Priya darshan Apr 21, 2008

    Nope i don't think there are any parts available for this model online.
    I believe you will have to get it serviced.This is the best and the only solution.

    Goodluck once again..

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Hello,

You can do repair by it yourself, you should be carefull with all the parts which is very sensitive, You will need a special tools or correct tools to remove the lcd.

All part are only fitted, electronics wire is also fitted in it, only the matter is to replace only the identical lcd.

may this help, melnavz

I will search the procedure on how to disassemble i will notify you soon.

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