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E04 message At a certain point in playback, the picture stops and I get a flashing E04 message. Also, when I was recording on the same tape the other day, I got the same message. Hmmm, I am going to switch tapes. But I don't have the manuel anymore, and don't know what E04 means. thanks, Lisa

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Re: E04 message

Lisa, E04 is an error code which shows that one or both of the reels has stopped during play or record operation. We find that tapes with liquid contamination can stick to internal parts in the mechanism causing this error. Try another tape, if this does not resolve the problem something is defective in the tape transport. Good Luck to you! Joe Weibel

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