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Can not load mini DV in my camcorder

Hi, I am not able to load any mini DV (cassette) in my camcorder. It is not containing any mini DV now and whenever I put a mini DV in it and try to close it, it just makes a starnge noise and returns the mini DV. I have tried different mini DVs (even new one also) but it is not accepting any one. Suddenly this problem cropped up. I don't remeber dropping it or so. Please help me out. Thanks, Vaibhav

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Re: Can not load mini DV in my camcorder

Did you clean your heads? Could be a faulty tape transport mechanism tape path is not getting aligned. Regular maintenance & adjustment is critical. Pay attention to the degradation of the rubber on the pinch roller, which grips and pulls the tape during transport. This rubber should be replaced at regular intervals. If it's old enough to be out of warranty, there may be a part failure, like a spring or clutch in the camcorder itself. Unless you can see something obvious (like a foreign object - kids you know) there's not much you can do on your own. I would send it for repair. Good luck

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I have the same problem. Let's face it, this canon camera is crap. I've put maybe 20 hours on it since I bought it new. I bought two of them by the way. One of them developed a problem with the microphone - $150. The other won't let me insert a tape any more and it's not because of the glide path. I can cover the sensor with my finger (simulate a tape in the carriage and it will not close, then flashes an error to remove the tape. I've tried many different tapes. Something else is telling the camera not to close if it senses a tape in the carriage. I also have the problem with the zoom going crazy. I have to tap on the side of the lid to make something connect before the zoom returns to normal.

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Re: Can not load mini DV in my camcorder

I want to thank you for your graphical representation. It helped me resolve an issue but im still touch and go with this camera.

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