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Rotating back and forth when powered on

I dug an old 1210 out of storage this weekend and noticed that when I powered it on, it would continuously rotate back and forth about 1/4 of a turn instead of rotating like normal. Any idea what could be causing this?

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You have drive issues. There is no easy way to fix or to isolate the problem. You'll have to take it to a service technician who can test your unit, and fix the problem. Usually it's one (or all) of the 3 main IC (integrated circuits) which cause this problem.

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