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My Cassette Tape Deck is Jammed Open - Help!

I have a Panasonic PV-GS2 and just tried to change the tapes on it. I took the one out and put the one I wanted inside - and because I was in a rush I'm not sure what happened. I think the camcorder took the tape down inside without me having time to push the "Push" button and get the tape secured in that "box". When the tape made its way down, and it stopped lowering, the tape was popped out a bit because it wasn't taken correctly inside the camcorder. So now the tape deck is pushed out and won't budge - and the whole side of the camera that opens for the tape is also stuck open. Right after the camera went down our screen said "PUSH THE RESET SWITCH" (which it has been doing a bit lately due to us needing to get the "head cleaned" or whatever). So I pushed it hoping it would close up the tape deck like normal. But it didn't. And anything you do won't make it work. We don't have a lot of money to spare so I really don't want to have to bring it in somewhere - and I actually don't even know of a place in this small town that might do that anyways. So I hope someone can get me a good hint of how to fix this! I also have a very mechanically-inclined father-in-law so he might be able to do something if it's a little more complicated. Any tips would help!! Thanks! Alicia

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  • Alicia Morrissette Jun 07, 2006

    Hi, I actually fixed it by dinking around with the cassette holder and putting pressure on different parts of the metal parts. It somehow popped back up and I was able to close it the right way. So yay! Thanks.

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Hi guys.
I am having the same problem. A friend borrowed my camera, and now its stuck in the semio open position, and makes this horrible buzzing noise.

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Yes i had the same problem ...
1.Put the cassette as far as it allows... and move the cassette left and right slightly twisting , and you will activate the mechanism
2.SOON the mechanism gets fully out immediately!!!! remove the battery
3.CLEAN contacts (I'm looking right now on the internet to find where the hell sensors-contacts are)
4.PREY that it works :-)

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Glad to hear that you got the unit working. One thing you might want to do now that you resolved the jammed problem, to avoid future problems, is with the cassette deck open, look in to the opening and check all the metal parts for any signs of being bent or twisted, even slightly. There is a reason that the door has a spot marked "push door shut here". Pushing it anywhere else will usually bend something. It may be working now but who knows. Usually when you force the cassette mechanisms on the little camcorders you bend something and sooner or later it will come back to haunt you. Now you can open and close it so it would be an easier fix. If you find anything bent you will need to carefully straighten it. Believe me, a little time spent now will save alot of grief later. Perhaps your father-in-law would have the skills to check it and straighten any bent parts. Even if you don't find any problems you will at least have peace of mind knowing that everything is OK. Good luck.

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