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Problem with loading cassette

When I load a cassette in the camera, the LCD screen flashes "remove the cassette". So I opened the cassette compartment and the strip of the cassette is out--a little bit struck inside the camcorder. I've tried to load several cassettes but every time, it does not work!!! What should I do?? Thank you

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Defective mechanism, a stucked mechanism is present. camcorder are smart it can detects error and shuts down itself for safety. earlier models dominoes the defect if the user is not quick enough to react when something goes wrong with the camera. You need professional service to fix it.

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