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Tape Will Not Come Out

When on my tape will not advance or rewind. Also it does not come out. When opening the eject hatch the cartridge starts out then automatically retracts back in the camera. Canon wants $180 to fix it. Have any suggestions? I am an electronics technician so I feel confident about making a repair after troubleshooting.

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Re: Tape Will Not Come Out

Firstly try this link, it has all the info for your camera, downloads, etc.

I am trying to find a schematic for it so you can pull it apart, but it is possible it cannot be resurrected.

Remember that dv camcorders are now quite cheap, so don't spend too much time and effort. But then I know I'd want to have a go as well, so have fun.

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If this is the type that has the screws where you can get to them, I would try to take off door so you can see the mech's lock and see if any tape is causing it to jam. Sound like some foreign object is causing door not to open properly. Hope this helps.

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Re: Tape Will Not Come Out

Hi fleet, If your tape will not advance, rewind, and it wont come out i pretty sure its stucked, (maybe you inserted it wrong, somthing got stucked or it fall when the tape was in.)

First lets try somthing that will not make things worse for sure.
Try pressing the open button while your camera is up-side-down. Also try it side ways. If the cover dosent open, let me know.

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