I have a JVC GR-DVL145EK video camera, its mini dv but maximum pain in the a**, about a year after I got it, it started to act up, occasionally going into error (code E04), as I dont use it much I coped with it, but is now getting worse all the time. It either goes into "safeguard mode" and wont do anything, or tells me to take out the tape and re-insert, which again does nothing. I did a trawl in the net and found that in the US a group of people are taking JVC to court over this problem. It stems from the fact that when JVC realised how big video cameras were going to be, they sought parts from various sources in a bid to keep up with demand, some of these parts were subsequently found to be defective. When they found out about this they redesigned and re-manufactured certain parts, but did not do a recall of the affected models. When people put their cameras in for repair they replaced the defective parts with the new ones and charged for the repair. As the action is being brought in the US, people from the UK cant join in, which leaves us brits with basically useless cameras (Im lucky if I get 2 minutes of recording before it goes into fault). I have tried all the non repair fixes quoted, including taking the battery off and whacking the damn thing (apparently this is something that JVC tech help suggest!). I was interested to see if anyone else on here has had similar problems with their JVC camera, or if they had found any solutions. I know that in future I will never touch any JVC gear at all, and a lot of the US people feel the same. If you do have JVC gear, and are happy with it, that's fine, I would never say that all of their stuff is bad, just that when something is bad, and they know it, wouldn't it be nice if they would put it right? I'm sure that a company seen to be doing the right thing by their customers is liable to attract more customer loyalty. Anyway, rant over. Like they say, life is like the pubic hair on the urinal, sooner or later you are going to get p****d off!