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Recording and playback problems

My camcorder, which was working perfectly the last time I used it, now plays back known good tapes with horizontal blue stripes and noise. I have used a head cleaner multiple times with no effect. Also, if I try to record anything all I get is a blue background and erratic or nonexixtent tape counter. Panasonic's answer, as expected, was "give us $200 and we'll fix it".

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  • TMcDonald Jul 06, 2008

    I have the same problem - have you found a fix to it yet? Thick blue lines during playback, distorted audio, blank blue screen during taping.....please help!

  • TERRY_FISHER Aug 30, 2008

    I have the same problem with the bright blue stripes on playback. Yesterday the camera was fine. This morning I have blue stripes. The camera was not dropped, bumped, or anything.

  • dchu Sep 17, 2008

    I have the same problem. I used a tape cleaner and nothing. They want to charge me $261 to look at it. I am very upset does anyone have any suggestions???

  • mkoverdan Sep 23, 2008

    My camera is doing the same thing. Blue lines during playback, used a head cleaner multiple times and nothing has worked. Called to see cost of repair and they said $261 - outrageous!

    Others seem to have the same issue. Can anyone help me?!

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Profession diagnosis was that the drum is out of round and cost of repair prohibitive, so I bought a new Panasonic PV-GS500 with a service contract this time! I had actually dropped the GS-150 when it was fairly new and the fall was cushioned by landing on the battery, so I did get a couple of years of good use from it.

I continue to use it as a still camera -- Amazingly, it takes great stills (better than my GS500). Unfortunately, my husband lost the lens cover (and the lens is kind of scratched now), so I would like to replace these parts if I can do so at a reasonable price. Thanks.

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