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Canon XL1. Unable to playback tape in camcorder

I have a Canon XL1 camcorder which I recently bought secondhand. Stored for a while then tried to review a tape. Would not play. Red symbol shown in centre of viewfinder. Looks like it's telling me there's no tape. It's two red circles inside an oblong box with a back slash line through the middle. Can you advise?

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I have the solution that the canon expert forgot to mention. And this solved my exact problem too. I put in the tape and then shut the white door over top. This doesn't engage the tape. Problem solved. Human error, The fix cost nothing.

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There isn't much consumer can do to resolve this problem but let's go through the basic. 1. Make sure video heads are clean by using head cleaning tape (use new one) for about 10 seconds but NO MORE. 2. you want to make sure the pinch roller has the friction so open the loading door and clean the pinch roller with DENATURED ALCHOHOL using Q-tip. Blowout any dust in the tape loading area with can air. Hope this works. This will not resolve the long term condition. -James. For further assistance by email, go to www.camerarepairjapan.com

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