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Tape compartment stuck & will not open!

I have tried to open up the cassette compartment to insert a tape but the housing will not rise up and open. I've checked to make sure the battery is charged, the cover is completely opened, the camera is turned on, and nothing works! I just inherited this camera from my mother-in-law who never used it because it had a faulty charger (so I replaced it) and I need this to work asap for a school project! HELP! :(

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Try hitting it with your palm to pop the door open.

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