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STUCK TAPE I HAVE TRIED THIS ON SEVERAL MACHINES. I INSERT THE TAPE AND IT GETS HUNG UP, DOSN'T MOVE AND REFUSES TO EJECT. AFTER REPEDED HITS ON THE EJECT BUTTON THE TAPE COMES OUT. IT APEARS THAT THE TAPE IS STUCK TOGETHER. CAN YOU HELP PLEASE?

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