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Tape Mechanism The tape mechanism has started to stick and i have a flashing number (32a i think)on the screen. i have put 2 tapes into the camcorder but i have had to pull them both out,torn and destroyed. Any ideas on a quick fix or whether you reckon it will be an expensive affair. Cheers woostoon

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Hi see if this matches your problem:(page 200) www.docs.sony.com/release/DCRPC101.pdf hope it helps good luck

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