Did you end up finding a solution to your problem? I have the same issue, but mine no longer starts working after a while. It's disappointing as we have a new baby and would like to capture precious moments but can't!
I'd appreciate any advice if you have any.
The only thing I found seemed to be that if I pointed it straight at the sun or some other brigh light it then seemed to start working. I haven't done it enough times to be sure that this always works but I assumed that somehow it needed enough bright light to trigger something. Let me know if this, or anything else works for you. Good luck with the baby, try to get some sleep.
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click on the above link to find out how to get this repaired free. It will cost you nothing in parts, labour or carriage costs but be quick it expires at the end of this year. I had mine done in November. it took two weeks from the first phone call until I got it back and now works perfectly.
When you dropped the camera you ended up jamming the iris closed. There may be additional damage within the lens assembly. In order to repair the stuck iris, the optical lens assembly needs to be partially disassembled. This is not a project for the novice. This should be taken to a JVC authorized service center for a repair estimate. The estimate will cost about $50 or so.
This problem is caused by a stuck aperture assembly. The problem has occured on multiple models made by JVC (GR-DF430u, GR-DF450U and GR-DF470U). You have to have some degree of technical aptitude in order to disassemble the unit and access the part causing the problem. The tiny motor that opens the aperture flaps is not able to overcome the sticky oil/grease that JVC unwisely used on this part. Therefore the flaps stay closed, and the camera sees no light when you remove the lens cap. This makes the camera think you haven't removed the lens cap, causing the "lens cap" error.
If you feel like you have the skill and you are careful, you can disassemble the unit and clean the part yourself. It takes longer to take the unit apart and put back together than it does to clean the sticky oil off the part.
If you contact me, I can send you a diagram of where the part is located that you need to access. This is not recommended for amateurs, as you can damage the unit and cause other problems if you aren't somewhat skilled in disassembly of electronics.
No Prob...I had the same problem with my GR-D72U. There is a defect in the CCD
image sensor. JVC will fix it for FREE! All it will cost you is shipping it to
them. Go to http://www.jvcservice.com/service/CustNoticeCamcorder.asp?PgReq=DspDtaDtl&MdlNbr=GR-D72US&Pgm=CCD
, download the rapair request... Send it off to your nearest service center and
they ship it back all fixed up in less than a week. I must tell you though, you
ONLY have until Dec. 31 2008 to do this. Not only did they fix mine, they
cleaned the heads but also buffed out a scratch. After you get yours fixed, post
as many helps as you can to others.
I saw something about this on another support board. I think it was on pechorin.com. I can't be sure but it sounded like this is a known issue for JVC and they were extending their service and doing post warrenty fixes....
Might want to check this site and/or contact JVC.