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Eating Tape when rewinding in vcr mode

When the camera is in vcr mode it shows eject tape. When I reload the tape and I try to rewind or forward tape it goes really fast and eats it.

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Re: Eating Tape when rewinding in vcr mode

Look for a tiny pinhole and insert a pin while powered up to reset the device. if no-go, then the take-up reel needs attention...needs possibly a new or well-cleaned-with-alcohol-swab rubber belt

Posted on May 27, 2007

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