The side display wasn't working so I started to look for a short, I found the ribbon that connects the camera to the display. The ribbon looked like it had been crunched sometime when a tape had been put in. I disconnected the ribbon and sure enough there was a cut that looked like it was through about two of the wires in the ribbon. Does anyone know where I can get this repaired?
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The most likely problem is a cracked ribbon cable that goes between the camera and the display. The cable needs to be replaced. Typical cost for this is around $40 or so plus labor. I would not suggest that you attempt this repair yourself as opening up these units is not easy without experience. Also, there are cables that can be damaged if opened incorrectly.
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!
Since it works then fails it sound like a simple cold solder joint. All TV's can have this problem and it is a simple one, Solder will heat up and cool down at different temperatures, this will cause a small ring fracture at the connection, simply re soldering this will fix your problem.
the capstan motor of the camera is not running that why the power display is blinking and when you eject the tape there a portion of the ribbon that left..it is a poor connection of the capstan motor to the main board of the camera...
This is actually a problem with the ribbon cable. When the tape is put in and the tape door is pushed shut it jars the internal ribbon cable. Years ago I found this tip online & it fixed it!
Quote "Ok, here goes, I had the exact same problem on my pos Panasonic
pv-dv203d. After many times of taking it apart and many frustrating
calls to Panasonic, I've finally figured it out, I hope
it helps on your cameras.
Remove the bottom plate from the Camera (four screws, plus one near the LCD screen).
Pop off the bottom plate of the camera
Look at the ribbon cables carefully, and make sure they are all
snug in the plugs. The tape transport mechanism may move them out of
Every now and then our will start to act up & hubby unscrews the bottom of the camcorder (Panasonic PV-DV203D), gently maks sure the ribbon cables are in place, replaces the bottom plate & it's worked for us every time. i hope this helps!