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Sharp VL-Z7U cassette door will not shut - with or without tape.

Charged battery and it still wont work, removed battery and it still wont work. Problem started out of the blue, all I can say is that there was an error in the tape, I removed the tape, fixed it, and reinserted it but from that moment forward the video camera refused to close. The camera is old but has been used very little over the course of the years. Practically new in use. How can I trouble shoot? I If it is broken, where/how can I get a new part? Also, I need to pass my videos to my computer, what do I need to buy to do this economically?? Please help!

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Always use the camcorder with the battery and power button on.

Does the cassette compartment close without the tape ? If yes. then we have hope.

Now insert the tape and press to close the compartment as usual. Does it close or reject every time ?
If it rejects, then very slightly nudge the three tiny figures of the mechanism where the two wheels of the tape fit.
Now the tape will sit inside the compartment and lower itself.


If it still ejects, then very slightly press the base metal (where the tape rests once loaded but) without the tape. This is the largest metal piece visible closest to the hinge and door.


The tape will load properly now.


You could face error DEW or 007. Both are known errors.
DEW is really due to moisture in the air. Try on hot dry place.
for 007 error, you would need to carefully clear with one index figure the reading head. Remember all parts of the camcorder are delicate and need carefull handling.


Never use any tools, fluids, fabric or tissue.


Let me know if this solves.


I am looking for USB driver for Windows 7 and the method to extract from tape as I do not have Firewire (Ieee 1394) any more in my laptop and desktop.




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