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Cassette jam the cassette door opens and i hear particle inside moving but the tape won't eject. please help!! im trying to shoot a mini movie

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Re: cassette jam

DCR-TRV520, Thanks FixYa, this was very helpful for me. I pressed the power button and the eject button at the same time and it worked

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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Re: cassette jam

I had this problem, and here is how it was resolved.

My cassette would not pop out when I opened the door with the camera turned on. When I turned off the camera and opened the door, it slid out much further, but still failed to pop open so that I could remove the tape. Then it slid back in.

Remove the battery, and have the camera off, but make sure the power cord is connected. Open the door until the tape slides out further than at other times. (Note: It intermittently slides out further when the camera is off. Sometimes it will not slide out any further than when it is on.) When the tape is slid out as far as it will go, quickly remove the power cord. The tape will stay in the slid-out position. Now, at the bottom side of the tape door there is a curved channel for a small pin to slide in. This channel has a 90% curve at the bottom of the channel to catch the pin, which holds the door closed. Push that pin back a little (toward the lense) to get it to go around that 90% curve, and the door will pop open so you can remove your tape. The ribbon of your tape will be jammed in the camera a little, so you will have to be careful and move the ribbon around a little until you can get it out freely.

This worked for me twice. I did not try putting a tape in again.

I hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007

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Posted on Dec 19, 2007

Re: cassette jam

EXCELENT . i sended it to techservice but they dont got a clue... the i just tryed these many forms of hold eject button and turn on etc etc etc... and WORK!!! hehe

Posted on Apr 24, 2007

Re: cassette jam

Mine MV3i does the same thing. I paid for a serviceman to quote for repair - A$450 for mechanicals and electronics! The camera is only 10 tapes old and well looked after....

Posted on Apr 02, 2007

Re: cassette jam

This happens to me once in a while. 2 ways to resolve. 1. Depress the tiny Reset button. 2. Power on camcorder...remove battery...wait 5 seconds...replace battery. This usually resets the mechanism. Good Luck, Nick

Posted on Apr 01, 2007

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The solutions already described did not work, so I assumed the cassette was misaligned and was therefore jamming something. I took an ink pen and poked and jabbed at the cassette and shoved the cassette with my thumbnail. After about 30 seconds, the cassette unjammed and everything worked normally thereafter.

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Re: cassette jam

Have you tryed to press the power button and the eject button at the same time when the units off?? If that dosent work the tape mechanism is jamed because of a mechanical falure or the tape its self BUT I do not recomend you try to get it out yourself as i,ve seem many many camcorders that cost 3 to 4 times more to repair because more damage was caused by the customer trying to get the tape out. Unless you have to get out the tape for personal reasons(lol) Then take it into be serviced please.

Posted on Apr 12, 2006

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SOURCE: Tape deck won't eject tape

The tape might be wrapped around the head or the capstan. The mechanism is delicate so you risk more damage by trying yourself - check with some of the repair shops on the Fixya home page for prices to remove the tape.

Posted on Dec 18, 2006

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We get the eject message and then it will not eject tape.  Any suggestions

Posted on May 29, 2008

SOURCE: Canon Elura 100 won't eject tape

I have been having the similar problem. Try switching the power to off and then eject the tape in the off position. My finally ejected.

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