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Unit accepted cassette, won't eject

Unit accepted cassette. Hit play. It started to play just one second and stopped. Won't play rewind fast-forward or eject. What could the problem be? I tried turning it off and on. When you hit eject you can hear the gears moving but the tape remains inside.

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