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!
"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!
on May 24, 2009