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Not loading tape

The display reads "eject...L" when tape tray is closed with or without a tape in it.When a tape is inserted it does not load.

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Re: Not loading tape

This is the sensor. Not a cheap repair, but something you can live with as long as the camera is still working for you.

Posted on Nov 14, 2006

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