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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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  • pedsat Dec 13, 2007

    I have the same problem. The tape will not load correctly. I can use slight force and make the assembly close but the tape will not work.

  • darsipudi Dec 13, 2007

    I cannot load the tape into the camcorder. Can you tell me any solution?

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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.

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