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I can insert the tape but the tape will not go down far enough for the door to shut

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Yep. I took mine to a service center for one reason and they found another. I was having blue lines appear because I did not open the latch on the tape for playback or dubbing. The service center did not help me with that but replaced what they called an UP unit which I guess is the part that raises up and down. Part was $35 and labor was 130

Posted on Aug 12, 2010

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    Well I had take mine back to the service center and they said the blue lines had nothing to do with the tape tab and I guess the UP unit either they had replaced but they did not refund my money. They said the head had to be cleaned and make sure the camera has time to change temperature when moving from a hot location to colder one.

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This is a serious problem,the mech unit must be replaced.

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