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Tape door stuck

Hi, can anybody help please. My VL-Z100 works ok but the tape door/mechanism won't close. The battery charges ok and the lcd and all functions are working. The tape door seems to be stuck. It won't close with or without a tape. Any advice would be most welcome. Cheers.

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I let it sit overnight and when I opened the door I nudged the part that holds the tape up. I got the tape out but I think it is still frozen. I will try a different tape and hope it still works. I'll post results.

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