I have a Panasonic PV-GS2 and just tried to change the tapes on it. I took the one out and put the one I wanted inside - and because I was in a rush I'm not sure what happened. I think the camcorder took the tape down inside without me having time to push the "Push" button and get the tape secured in that "box". When the tape made its way down, and it stopped lowering, the tape was popped out a bit because it wasn't taken correctly inside the camcorder. So now the tape deck is pushed out and won't budge - and the whole side of the camera that opens for the tape is also stuck open. Right after the camera went down our screen said "PUSH THE RESET SWITCH" (which it has been doing a bit lately due to us needing to get the "head cleaned" or whatever). So I pushed it hoping it would close up the tape deck like normal. But it didn't. And anything you do won't make it work.
We don't have a lot of money to spare so I really don't want to have to bring it in somewhere - and I actually don't even know of a place in this small town that might do that anyways.
So I hope someone can get me a good hint of how to fix this! I also have a very mechanically-inclined father-in-law so he might be able to do something if it's a little more complicated.
Any tips would help!! Thanks! Alicia
Yes i had the same problem ... 1.Put the cassette as far as it allows... and move the cassette left and right slightly twisting , and you will activate the mechanism 2.SOON the mechanism gets fully out immediately!!!! remove the battery 3.CLEAN contacts (I'm looking right now on the internet to find where the hell sensors-contacts are) 4.PREY that it works :-)
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Re: My Cassette Tape Deck is Jammed Open - Help!
Glad to hear that you got the unit working. One thing you might want to do now that you resolved the jammed problem, to avoid future problems, is with the cassette deck open, look in to the opening and check all the metal parts for any signs of being bent or twisted, even slightly. There is a reason that the door has a spot marked "push door shut here". Pushing it anywhere else will usually bend something. It may be working now but who knows. Usually when you force the cassette mechanisms on the little camcorders you bend something and sooner or later it will come back to haunt you. Now you can open and close it so it would be an easier fix. If you find anything bent you will need to carefully straighten it. Believe me, a little time spent now will save alot of grief later. Perhaps your father-in-law would have the skills to check it and straighten any bent parts. Even if you don't find any problems you will at least have peace of mind knowing that everything is OK. Good luck.
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unplug then remove the top cover press down on the cassette release and remove the tape then rewind the part of the tape still sticking out by hand push in the button on the side of the cassette to open the cassette cover
your cassette seems to be jammed, try removing the player open it which should reveal the trapped cassette then try to carefully remove the tape as it may have got stuck around the capstans(rubber bits) sometimes when tapes haveen't been played for a long time they tend to become loose, try to ensure that the tape is tight by using a pencil inserted into the spool and turn it until the tape tightens please take care not to over tighten. good luk
you cannot move the spindles/cogs in a mini dv tape without pressing down a small lever on the rear of the cassette.
the lever is in the lower right, move the lever, then move the ribbon protector to the open position, then spin the cogs, the tape should be free.
if not, then you have a jamm inside the cassette, you can open these casettes by removing 4 small screws. ( this is a very fiddly job & you may ruin the casette, if you dont know how )
oN THIS VCR THERE IS 8SCREWS TO REMOVE THE COVER, REMOVE THE COVER CAREFULLY THEN PLUG THE CORD INTO THE WALL, THE CARRIAGE TRAY WILL ACCEPT OR REJECT THE CASSETTE. oNCE THIS PROCESS IS DONE AN THE CASSETTE IS REMOVED UNPLUG THE VCR AND REPLACE THE COVER WITH THE SCREWS
Yes i had the same problem ... 1.Put the cassette as far as it
allows... and move the cassette left and right slightly twisting , and
you will activate the mechanism 2.SOON the mechanism gets fully out immediately!!!! remove the battery 3.CLEAN contacts (I'm looking right now on the internet to find where the hell sensors-contacts are) 4.PREY that it works :-)
put the camera to your ear , power it up and
listen ! if it sounds . . . jerky ? your tape
is stuck to the heads ( not easy to get out ,
cassette may be toast and - time is money ) ;
if you hear whirring sounds ? before shuts down
your cassette housing may be bent ( will need
disassembly etc . but not usually expensive )
because - if it is a loading problem , it will
usually eject ;
Here is a link to the latest manual for your Camcorder. Check out page 42. This may help.
You may need to re-install the software o your computer for the camera inteface.
Have a Great Day!!
your heads motor ( drum ) cable may have have
come loose or is dirty - since the cleaning
tape made some difference the heads were dirty
or almost worn out ( cleaner tape is abrasive )
so now there isn ' t enough signal ;
if your date and time display worked only in
play ? ( still works for camera record video )
your guides were out of alignment - and the
cleaning tape took your guides even further
out of alignment ( alignment here starts at
$ 50 + shipping )