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"Remove the cassette"

During recording and playback, "Remove the cassette" error message comes up on LCD screen. At this point you must remove the DV tape and reinsert tape. I have changed tapes and ran the head cleaner through several times, but the message keeps returning at varying intervals. Sometimes I can record for up to 20-25 minutes, sometimes just a few minutes. This seems to happen once you get about a third of the way through a new tape.

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I only got the problem when the tape was bad. Usually the ribbon got folded, or was very wrinkly looking. Eventually I found out the drive was bad, and had to have it replaced.

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