I have a Panasonic PV-GS31 MiniDV camcorder, well today it was acting funny, giving me a black screen on both the viewfinder, and the LCD. So I thought the battery just wasn't putting out enough juice, but the AC cable dissappeared so in turn I located my Juice power supply that has various adapters to use with things, and a 'power converter' built in so it doesn't fry electronics.
Low and behold, after using it the Camcorder wouldn't turn on, or with the battery, or with the eventual AC cable I located.
From what I've read on here it's likely a fuse was blown when I used the juice ac adapter, alas I can only imagine the costs to fix it and was wondering if it's easy to dismantle the camcorder and just replace the fuse.
Or if there are any other suggestions I'm open.
I recently had a similar issue and couldn't locate the power cable for a wall outlet . after trying half the electronics stores in town and multiple universal power adapters , my son left his power cord out for his ...sony play station portable (PSP) . my camcorder started up like it was new upon pluging this cord in . hahaha , sorry just looked at the date of entry on this thread . well i hope this info may be of use to someone.
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I can't find any reference to a PV-GX31 model, BUT if your camcorder is a PV-GS31 MiniDV model, then you need special software for it to show up on your computer screen. Panasonic supply the software to show and edit still shots (through your USB cable). But if you want to show and edit movies, then you need a firewire cable, a firewire connection on your computer to connect it to, and most importantly some editing software. PCs are pretty slack in this area, so you should use a mac!
I called Panasonic directly today & asked about the Vista driver
for the GS31. No such driver exists, but they are trying to develop a
driver specifically for Vista users of this camcorder. Finally the
mystery is correctly answered & solved for us Vista owners!