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Eating tape my canon keeps on chewing tapes from different makes when rewinding it from end of tape till beginning. Tips on best tapes or what to do would be welcome, thanks, Jorg

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  • Koolkul Dec 10, 2007

    Mine does the same when I rewind. Although I did read somewhere that with a new tape it was best to wind and rewind the tape to get the tension right??? I need to try this out.

  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2008

    CANON MV550i



    WAS ABOUT TWO WEEKS OUT OF GUARANTEE WHEN THIS HAPPENED



    PLAY IS OK

    FORWARD ON PLAY IS OK

    REW ON PLAY IS OK



    FAST REWIND CHEW

    FAST FORWARD CHEW



    THIS SEEMS STRANGE AS TAPE SHOULD BE UNLACED FOR FAST FUNCTION?



    THEREFORE HOW DOES A CHEW OCCUR?



    OR DOES MECHANISM FUNCTION LIKE BETAMAX? i.e. LACED FOR ALL FUNCTIONS?



    I'M SURE THIS WOULD NOT BE AN ECONOMIC REPAIR BY A THIRD PARTY



    BUT IF I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS AND IF ANY REPLACEMENT PART NEEDED WAS SENSIBLY PRICED (AND AVAILABLE) I'D FIX IT MYSELF

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Diferent speed on REW and FF drum. Must cleans tape way

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