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Panasonic DV-Camcorder tape problems.
i used to service quite a few older camcorders, many of them had some sort of rubber band pulley mechanism and the band itself would go limp (corroded) and not providing enough torsion to drive the mechanics of the camcorder
(imagine a slipping fan belt).
you'll have a real hard time getting an exact replacement, and at great expense.... i've had success splicing a normal rubber band, simply razor cut the ends to meet and use the tiniest dot of superglue to make a band of your length... an untreated rubber band would maybe last about a year unless you wipe it with a coating of silicone which extends it's useful life by 10 times (i have a diy treated rubber band in an older cassette deck still running strong after 12 years)...
good luck with the fix.
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Error F01 and F02
Both of these error codes are related to the reels inside of the camcorder. The error codes that you mention stand for No Take Up Reel Rotation (F01) and No Supply Reel Rotation (F02). The take up reel is the one that pulls in the extra slack while the tape is running so that the tape itself does not become loose and choppy. The supply reel is the reel in charge of turning to allow the tape to unwind. What you are experiencing are both common reel rotation errors.
First things first, restore your camcorder to factory settings, take out the battery and leave it out over night, plug it back in the next morning. If that doesn't fix it, try a completely different tape that you've used in the camcorder before to see if there is something wrong with the tape reels (sometimes they are loose) or the tape itself.
If that does not work, your next step is cleaning the camcorder. Use a cleaning tape. You may want to perform two or three cleanings in order to make sure that the camcorder is back to normal. You can also use an electronics dusting brush and manually clean out any visible dirt or dust, sometimes blowing cool air (such as the canned air used to clean computer keyboards) directly into the camera can fix the problem as well.
Unfortunately, if neither of these solutions fixes it, it's time to take it to a repair shop, it may need a new reel mechanism inside of the camcorder.
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