Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



222 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 5


Topic # 110796 16-Oct-2012 11:34 Send private message

Hi there guys.

I bought a second hand video camera from one of the second hand shops.



It's a Panasonic SDR-H20GN.

I took it with my away on a trip, and I recorded like 7 hours worth of stuff on the inbuilt hard drive.



I got home, to transfer the stuff to my computer, and only to find that the camera was dead, it wouldn't power up on the battery, or supplied AC adapter no matter how long I charged it for.

I think the shop did give me 30 day warrantly, and that's all well and good.

However the question is,

If I had to take it back, would they just replace it or would they send it to a place for a repair?
If it wasn't for the data on the camera, I'd say go for it but I would like to see the data recovered. Is that possible?

do second hand shops actually send the devices away for repairs, or do they have a guy in the shop doing so?

Also what I think could've caused the problem was someone cut the DC wire that runs from the AC adapter to the camera, and I'm worried that the wires could've touched, or worse somebody jointed the positive and negitive wire the other way round, and we get reverse polarity.

If that was the case, could the camera be repaired, or is it a $250 doorstop?


Would they repair it?

Thanks

Create new topic
87 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 701997 16-Oct-2012 11:53 Send private message

Hopefully your charger is just dead maybe. Do you live in auckland? I work at parallel imported newmarket I would be more than happy for you to try one of the universal chargers in my shop, but i would take it back once you get your stuff off.

And if you need to repair it I would recommend CW service in Timaru http://www.camerarepairs.co.nz/

18542 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 729

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Subscriber

  Reply # 702006 16-Oct-2012 12:01 Send private message

If you've cut the cable then this would clearly be the cause, and you can't expect a warranty to cover this.

The easy way to tell would be to try another power adapter and see if the unit works.

xpd

Storm Chaser
5861 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 141

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 702012 16-Oct-2012 12:09 Send private message

Cut wires (regardless if you did it or done beforehand) are going to potentially kill any warranty claims.... :(

Being a second hand store, their warranty is more likely a refund and item being thrown in the bin.






222 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 5


  Reply # 702098 16-Oct-2012 14:59 Send private message

Thanks will try another charger. I might add that I have 2 batteries, and neither of them want to work. I'm sure that one of them is probably charged enough to switch it on. It doesn't want to power on even with a battery. In Regards to the cut wires, it's simply the DC cable that was cut, it runs from the charger to the camera, something tells me that I accidently connected positive to negitive, and negitive to positive. Whether that stuffed the charger or charger. Not sure which one.

1523 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 67


  Reply # 702129 16-Oct-2012 15:51 Send private message

So does the charger still charge the batteries when it is just connected to the mains?

I am presuming that everything worked when you got it, and after you charged the batteries you cut and repaired the DC cable, 

Go and get yourself a cheap and nasty multi meter from Disk Smith ( around $15) and you will be able to tell if the charger is stuffed, and also whether your repair has connected the correct wires in the DC cable.

Until you can actually rule out those two points we are all really jsut Pi$$ing in the Dark

1378 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 32


  Reply # 702135 16-Oct-2012 16:11 Send private message

Just been reading the manual for your camera online. What happens to the indicator light on the charger when you connect a battery to it? Should be able to tell from that if the charger is still OK or not. Unlikely to be a problem with it I would think.
If the camera doesn't start with a charged battery or DC only from the charger then most likely the cut wires have been recomnnected in reverse polarity. Best case there is a fuse or protection against this in the camera. Worst case it's fried.
Unfortunately not worth the repair cost these days as more economic to buy a new one. Camera service agent may be able to retriev data.
Check Panasonic support website for local service agents. One here on the North Shore at Albany is excellent.

Create new topic








Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new jobs are posted to our jobs board:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:




News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Forms of government for New Zealand
Created by charsleysa, last reply by KiwiNZ on 20-Apr-2014 18:55 (120 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8


MH370 - Call for Search & Rescue Help
Created by DS248, last reply by Sideface on 17-Apr-2014 17:28 (735 replies)
Pages... 47 48 49


why does the tax payer have to pay for the prince and princess' 6 star holiday?
Created by joker97, last reply by Geektastic on 17-Apr-2014 15:49 (67 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Naked Broadband, who's made the switch.
Created by Presso, last reply by DrCheese on 20-Apr-2014 19:13 (28 replies)
Pages... 2


galaxy s4 now on 4.4.2
Created by nzrock, last reply by jeffnz on 20-Apr-2014 14:10 (59 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Whats the best wife friendly media centre?
Created by amorpeth, last reply by jonolynn on 19-Apr-2014 20:20 (14 replies)

Snap suffering Trans-Tasman congestion 18/04?
Created by Lias, last reply by NonprayingMantis on 19-Apr-2014 00:05 (26 replies)
Pages... 2


Help ! Home business connection and VDSL dead. yikes.
Created by Scotsman, last reply by Scotsman on 17-Apr-2014 21:10 (26 replies)
Pages... 2



Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.