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Any button causes disk to eject

Similar to another posting, after turning on, any button I press causes disk to eject making camera unusable. Ironically, the eject button does not do anything. You guessed a switch inside the DVD door was probably faulty. Is there a way for me to test your guess to see if that is my problem and is this something I can fix myself? Called Panasonic and got a quote for over $200 for diagnosis and repair which I thought was too steep considering the current value of the camera.

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  • rscottblake Sep 09, 2008

    same exact problem, just started yesterday. Any resolution or ideas?

    ~scott


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In your case i dont think your door switch is faulty, i think that a faulty switch that is on the same key line as the eject switch is causing this. The cause can also be on the main pcb, like a faulty microprocessor.

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