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Repair DV out on a miniDV camcorder - big job?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by David D, May 28, 2007.

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  1. David D

    David D Guest

    I shorted out 3, that's right, 3 of my mini-dv camcorders today with a
    broken pin on a firewire cable. What is the process of getting this
    fixed? They are not under warranty, so that is out of the question.
    Is it a big job? All of the other components around it seem to work
    fine, it is just the DV 4 pin.
  2. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    There may be a fuse or fusible resistor on the firewire port, if you're not
    comfortable working with tiny surface mount components though you should
    look for a service shop specializing in photographic and video equipment.
  3. I remember someone here a few months ago who had a problem with a mini
    firewire connector and thought they shorted out their camera. Turns out that
    the cable was messed up in such a way it pushed some of the pins in the
    camera's firewire connector out of place. He was able to see that there was
    a physical problem and fixed it by repositioning the pins. Although your
    problem could be electrical as well and I'd take James' advice on taking it
    to a repair shop.

    - Mike
  4. To clairfy. I mean I'd take it to a shop if the problem wasn't obviously

    - Mike
  5. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    Get a strong diopter magnifying visor a strong light and look at the
    connector. If the connections are not bent and touching there really isn't
    anything you can do other than send it in for service.
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  6. David D

    David D Guest

    On one of them, it sometimes connects but doesn't go through all the
    way, so I think it is the pins - but they are so small, I cannot
    possibly see or fix them myself..
    On the HD and the other miniDV camera, I think one of the pins is
    broken or pushed back, because there is no connection at all. I try
    moving it around and nothing.
    I am going with Mack Camera, I hope they are reasonable in
    prices...any other suggestions? Canadian or US?
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