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Tape wouldn't eject, now power unavailable.

I dropped the camera 7 inches onto carpet when the tape door was open. I put in a tape and pushed down the black part, and before the motor closed the tape, it slipped out of my hand. First the tape wouldn't come out, and it kept beeping saying 'remove the tape' but it wouldn't come out. Now I can't even get the power to come on with batter of adapter. Please help. How do I get it back on and get the tape out.

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Re: Tape wouldn't eject, now power unavailable.

Open it. find the motor that activates the tape door. turn it by hand until tape is fully exposed to be removed.

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1. Turn camera upside down.
2. Move "Open/Eject" button to full right position (toward lens).
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7. Use the eraser on the end of a pencil to wind your tape back into the cartridge.
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1. Turn off power
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1. Remove the two small screws from the tape door face. I show the entire carriage removed.
2. Look for the small metal peg on the left side, about 1” down from the top of the tape carriage.
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