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Replacing capacitors Can any of you do the repairs..replacing all the caps on the yc and io boards of the AG-DS545 and 555? I have 4 machines total

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I have done several DS55s, DS850s, DS550s. Let me know if you're still interested. Typical repair cost runs $300 - $500.

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I have a video Panasonic AG-1980. Defect: When I am assisting a cassette and the key this TBC in off the image is normal and the color also. I slide the control soft-sharp and the silent image according to...

these decks are notorious for bad surface mount capacitors in the video and servo circuits. there will be quite a few that will need to be replaced. if you cant do it yourself, it will probably cost too much to repair. you will need access to an esr meter (pasive capacitor checker that checks the capacitor in circuit and the part does not have to be removed), a good soldering iron with a small tip, flux, thin solder, hemostats,solderwick blue and patients. the capacitors in question are the little round silver capacitors soldered directly to the boards. test all caps and locate caps with bad readings and mark them as bad but dont cover up the value marked on the top.the voltage is listed as a letter followed by the series of cap.(eg: 16 jhb would be a 16 mfd, j voltage rating, hb series cap) you can buy these caps cheap from digikey online. you need to be very careful when replacing the caps as if you do it wrong you will pull a trace and have to do major jumper wire work to replace the broken trace. the key to removing the bad cap is to grab them with the hemostats and squeeze, once the hemostats have a good grip of the cap start spinning the cap, dont pull just are trying to break the leads. once they break take your hot iron and wipe off what is left of the cap leads, let it cool and go back and remove remaining solder with the solderwick. clean the spot on board where cap was with anhydrous alcohol to clean any fluid that leaked out of the cap and made it bad. gently grab replacement cap with hemostats so you can hold it and apply flux to bottom of leads, place cap in its place watching polarity( black line on cap is negative and lines up with solid white side of silksceen on board or opposite the little plus on the board, if there is not a line on the cap or if there is a small "n" on the board it is a non polarized cap and direction does not matter)put a small(SMALL)amount of solder on your iron and touch it to the remaining exposed lead. if you fluxed enough and you used the correct amount of solder it should jump to the lead and leave a small shiny round solder joint. practice makes perfect and this will fix your problem. you may have to replace 40 to 50 caps maybe more, depends on how many are bad. good luck with your repair, 1980's were good decks!

Aug 20, 2011 | Panasonic AG-1980 S-VHS VCR

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Green light(timer0 is blinking for last 12 hours . no picture . screen is totally dark

this means the DM board is not booting up. You will typically need 4-8 capacitors to fix this issue. you have to pull out the board and solder in new parts. let me know if you feel skilled enough to do this and I can give directions. The caps will usually bulge at the tops and are 1000uf .. mitsubishi recommends replacing with 680uf 16v caps..

if you do not want to repair yourself, a repair center can ship the chassis in for rebuild, total repair about 400 or 500 $

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My machine still shows the same: call service person c6400. Kindly help me please.

You will have to call a Copystar or Kyocera technician to reset your fuser memory.

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MY Hvx 200 Is totally Black when I turn it on. the display and playback of my old footage works fine but the picture is totally black. any Ideas


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Panasonic AG-DVC10

There are eight separate parts that make up the DVC10 power switch assembly. Total cost for these is about $48 from Panasonic parts or authorized distributors.

Cameras that do not turn on usually do not require replacement of the switch parts, since the problem is on the main board or power/battery assembly.

Jan 08, 2009 | Panasonic AG-DVC10 Mini DV Digital...

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Power Supply

I fixed my Akai LCT3201AD in about 30mins. using 3 small parts from Radio Shack. Once I got the back off, I found the power supply board (PSB), mine was part# MLT-169B rev1.2. I looked at the capacitors (caps.) first, because they are usually easy to diagnose. I noticed the caps. bubbled out on the top of the board (where all the cables connect to it). There is 3 of them in a row, positioned between the two large heatsinks. My guess is that the heatsinks are generating a LOT of heat over time, because of bad ventilation, and causing the caps. to fail.
I went to Radio Shack and found 3 caps. (only had 3 in stock). The original ones were 16V-1000uF, Radio Shack only carried 35V and 50V in the 1000uF caps., so I bought the 35V ones and headed home, I removed the old caps. from the board, and installed the new ones. The 35V caps, are a little bigger, so its a tighter fit on the board, be careful. It took longer to remove the back from the TV than it did to do the soldering. has excellent videos on how to de-solder caps. on PSB's.

Total money spent on repairs:
$1.59 ea for 3 Caps. (part# 272-1032) $4.77
$2.99 for new soldering iron tip + $2.99
$1.00 donation for St. Jude's + $1.00
Total including tax $9.30

So for less than $10, I did a repair that my local TV repair shop wanted $575 for. Online stores want anywhere from $100-$275 for a PSB. If I get another 2 yrs out of it that's well worth $10.

Dec 29, 2008 | Akai LCT3201AD 32 in. LCD Television

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Good Audio, Bad Video

sounds like a loss of luminance -- check the analog yc pack for bad capacitors.

Mar 07, 2008 | Panasonic AG-1980 S-VHS VCR

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Relace mainboard in mini dv tape deck

what symptom does it have? describe what it is/isn't doing; most of the problems I've seen with AG-DV2000s are related to either defective capacitors on the mechanism drive board or dried grease on the reel table positioning arms. I've never had to replace a main board in a 2000.

Jan 02, 2008 | Panasonic AG-DV2000 Mini DV VCR

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No video output

AG-DS555s are plagued by capacitor failure problems on all the video boards in the deck. Replacement of all surface mount electrolytic capacitors is the solution, but before you try that, give the heads a good cleaning. It's amazing what a miniscule amount of dirt on the heads will do.

Dec 13, 2007 | Panasonic AG-DS555 S-VHS VCR

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Playback is poor quality, tracking wont fix it and have cleaned head

Dear Iain, Do you route your Cable / Antenna through your VCR's Inputs (at rear) ? If yes, Do you find that the video of these cable /antenna channels is good? If the answer is yes again,then, in all likelihood, you are having a machine with dirty Video Heads.Did you use a 'Wet' Type Head cleaning cassette? If no, then I suggest you get one and use it. Again it is entirely possible that the Video Heads are worn out. How old is the VCR? How many tapes have you played back on it? Do you observe some black streaking along the edges of the images on the screen, which increase or decrease when u change the tracking? If yes, then it is time to get the Video Heads replaced.In India they would cost an equivalent of US$ 10-15. I do not know how much they would cost in your country, but it cannot be much more.

Jul 28, 2006 | Panasonic AG-DS555 S-VHS VCR

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