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Machine just shut off when opening the cassette door. Locked up!!

I plugged the charging cord into the machine to recharge the battery. The next morning with the battery indicator light showing full charge, I tried to open the cassette door to put in a tape for recording. The door came open and the cassette dock opened about half way and then stopped, locking up (freezing) the entire camcorder. No power, no viewing, nothing. Any suggestions?

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Re: machine just shut off when opening the cassette door....

Look for a tiny pinhole and insert a pin while powered up to reset the device

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