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Unit does not record. The counter & LCD screen are on. The motor is driving the tape. When played back there is nothing on the screen. There is nothing on the viewfinder either.

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Tape heads may be dirty; run a cleaning tape through as per the instructions. If the tape heads are damaged/worn-out then the drum will need replacing.

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