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Black bands and skipping in playback

I've had this problem for a while but it has now become really annoying. Although recording does not produce any errors, trying to play pretty much any tape produces three wide horizontal black bands across the screen and playback is jittery, skipping and with no sound. You can also hear small clicking noises, like if the tape is not engaging properly. I suspect it's a playback rather than a recording problem as it happens intermittently (though more often than not lately). Cleaning the head repeatedly has not helped. I also had it checked professionally but they could not reproduce the problem (with their own tapes). Could it be a tape rather than a camcorder issue? I use TDK tapes. Thanks, much appreciated.

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  • sebbe Dec 19, 2007

    I have the exact same problem with my camera. I guess that is has something to do with the mechanism inside the camera as the problem came along wirg "push reset button" issue.

  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2008

    Yes, and I have the exact same problem with my camera.

  • mcnaught May 16, 2008

    I've got this problem too, and I've tried the head cleaner, and it doesn't make an ounce of difference.

  • PEV1 Jun 15, 2008

    Yes I have identical problem!

    Only used the camera very seldon from new (about 4 years old now so no chance of help from Panasonic guarantee!)

    Dis someone say they solved problem by cleaning head with alcohol?

    Please confirm if this is the case



  • winklewhitty Jul 04, 2008

    Same problem here too. bought the recorder back in 04, it's been fine until about 2 months ago when it intermittently started playing back with black lines on screen and no sound. If I ejected the tape and put it back in, sometimes it would return to normal, but not all the time. I haven't used it for a few weeks now, and I just turned it on, and this time instead of the black lines, it sometimes gave the "reset button" message, or if I took tape out and put it back it, playback didn't work at all - just had a black screen and gave a ticking noise in the mechanics, like something wasn't working properly inside. I just tried to take the tape out and put it back in (again!) and low n' behold! - it's working ok now.... (sheesh!) Just notcied on the panasonic website that they've recalled camcorders from 03 and 04 (similar model, but not this one) because of an error when it's in camera mode. Hmmmm??



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Thank You Guest, this this solution is helpful, I clean the head with alcohol and the problem is solved.
And thanks for FixYa for the technical support.

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