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Help required.... I am having a SONY Handycam DCR-TRV38, unfortunately last week my friend pushed the mechanism while inserting the Mini DV in the camcoder, after that the mechanish is stuck up on the way its not going inside the camcoder. Yesterday when I tried again then its not powering UP. Can some one please let me know what is the problem and how can i troubleshoot.

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Re: Help required....

The mechanism damage may cause the improper loading. Replacement is the best solution. If you need service manual and Spare mechanism kindly let me know.

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