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Tape Deck The tape deck on my mini camcorder will not return back to its home position. I am referring to home position as the position were it is ready to play or start recording, currently the tape deck will not do anything.

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Re: Tape Deck

Take the battery out and turn selection switch to camera and then turn it off. Put the battery back in and its working again.

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