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Tape ejection cartridge that holds tape is not opening all the way. I had to remove the two small white clips in order to remove my tape, which had been "eaten' apparently during rewind in VCR mode

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Re: tape ejection

The cassette tray motor might is more than likely damaged, and will need to be replaced. Before you go this route, make sure there is no debris inside the unit, causing it not to eject all the way. Unfortunately, this is not a cheap fix. The XL1S parts are not cheap, and they are labor intensive. So be prepared to shop around to get the best price.

Hope this helps some.


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