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Tape refuses to load

I opened the cover the tape extracted itself, I took the tape out tried a couple of tapes and the tape that had been extracted but none would fully load back into the camcorder, the battery is fully charged, there has been no force to load the tapes, a solution would be much appreciated

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Re: Tape refuses to load

Needs to be sent in theres a problem with your chassis its very easy for them to do that they are very sensitive its not your fault it just happens.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007

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I Had The Same Issue And Fixed It :o) I Have A Sony Handycam CCD F-730A 8mm. I put the tape in and close it but it would not load the tape down. It just pop back out. If I took the tape out, it works perfectly and would loaded the tape doc down and close.

1st: I unscrewed and removed the door to the tape. Where the tape can be seen. 2 screws hold it down. Without the tape inside. I Saw a Clear Small Plastic in the inside of the camera where the tape sits on each side. On Both Sides, Left and Right are clear plastic like sensors. They look Like Glass and are small.

2nd: I Cleaned them both with a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol. It Worked. The tape loaded and worked nicely.

It was strange. If i touched one of the small glass like sensors. the mechanism the loede the tape would not work. When The Glass sensor was blocked by the tape or just by my finger in front of it, it would not load. Very strange.

Bluelikealex :o)

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