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Camcorder only plays a few seconds

I have a camcorder that will only play a couple of seconds then it will beep and give me a eject symbol

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  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    my camcorder only plays a few seconds then a eject arrow appears on the scene.

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    I have the exact problem. It's so annoying

  • kevien00 Jan 13, 2009

    i have same problem too dose it always happen? halp plz

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    This model doesn't have a disc OR a memory card. The error has nothing to do with this. I'm afraid your recommended fix is completely inappropriate for this model.

  • dusher1234 Feb 19, 2009

    Every time I try to record, play, fast-forward, or rewind, it does so for about 3 seconds and then gives me an eject sign.

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