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I can't get the 8mm tape out of my Canon ES900 Camcorder

The camcorder powers up fine and I don't think we ever dropped or damaged it but sometime long ago it just started malfunctioning. Now when you power it up and press any button the eject notice begins flashes in the viewfinder. Meanwhile the camera won't do anything else

I was hoping, like a cdrom drive, there would be some way to overide the eject manually by inserting a paperclip into a small hole or something.
I would like to get the tape out to begin transferring the movies onto a DVD.
Any advice?

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    mwit465 Dec 31, 2008

    To manually remove the tape from the Canon ES900 video camera do the following after reading all below.

    1. Remove the two small screws from the tape door face.

    2. Look for the small metal peg on the left side, about 1” down from the top of the tape carriage. See pictures in the post I made as a guest for this problem.

    3. Using something small push down on the peg to release the tape door.

    4. Important Note: Most likely the tape will still be wrapped around the video head and held there by two capstans, (one on each side of the head)

    5. Carefully pull out the tape not damage it any more than necessary. Keep in mind this might cause the player to “eat” the tape at this area so smooth the tape here with your fingers (nothing metal) and wind the tape to begin playing past this area if possible.

    It seems this is a common problem with this unit; Canon should have put a better motor here in this critical area.

    Good luck, hope this helps everyone,

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