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Reinsert cassette error... cannot record via tape

Each time I insert a Mini DV cassette, I get a pinging warning and a error message to reinsert cassette. The manual tells me to use a new new cassette which I did...same error. I have reset the camera no improvement. This happens on both battery and AC. I have also left the compartent door open overnight to dry out any possible moisture. What is even more weird is that I have a Sony HI 8 Handycam and it recently started giving the same error message. The Mini DV has only been used for a few hours total. Thanks

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    Tape will not insert

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What error message is it giving to you ?? as this will be a good indication of fault.You have tried all the usual things to try by the sounds of things,

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