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MV700i The tape transport fails to eject. There is enough power but the geared wheel only moves a small amount then stops under strain and gives up. The carriage does not move upwards at all. I removed a few parts and managed to the get the unit to rise with some encouragement so that I could extract the tape. Then the transport mech worked perfectly when no tape was loaded, but once I tried with a new tape, it takes down and fails to engage the tape. Everytime you switch on it complains and asks for the tape to be ejected, and of course it cannot achieve this as described above. Any help would be appreciated. regards, Kev.

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Had same problem. Had to take to certified repairer. Only cost $70 (Aus)to repair.

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works in 90% of cases!!!

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E03            TU & SUP REEL FG



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