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Sony DCR-PC100 does not eject (well not really!)

This is weird:
I had a DCR-PC100 with a jammed tape inside (and C31:30 error). When trying to eject the mechanis would do some noise, ejecting the tape half way then taking it back. all the normal trick/reset/unpower did not work.
I got hold of service manual, opened the camera, _removed_ the mechanism put it on a test bench and operated the eject motor with a 4.5 V power supply. which immediately resulted in a "normal"  ejection. The tape was out of the cassette but could be manually rewound in so all OK up to here.
I tried few times using the 4.5 V to verify I could operate the mechanism "standalone" both loading and unloading so the mechanism works fine outside. but  when the mechansim is put back in the camera, any attempt to operate the button to open the tape compartment results in a bit of noise, wirling noise but no movement of the tape compartment (not even half way).
Any suggestion before I dismantle it once again ?
Thanks


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Don't think this is a complete solution, but it might help. Try checking out the buttons on the camera. I've got one of those same cameras but my problem is the ribbon cable in the cassette carrier broke and I'm on the hunt for a new one, and a service manual. By the way, how about emailing a copy of the service manual to me at ljmagnuson@aol.com. Thanks. I might be able to help further with a copy of that.

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