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RCA CPR 250 camcorder not recording

I was given a CPR 250 after long storage. After finding a good battery I find it does not record but make noise like it is trying to drive the tape.It does play back.
I removed the tape carriage cover and I can see the tape form a very small loop after the capstan post and presser wheel and the tape stops running with new cassette in place. Could there be a drive belt missing or has it become harden and not driving ? This is the first camcorder I have tinkered with.
Any suggestions.
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  • Jash Garcia May 05, 2013

    HOW did you fix it, We just bought one off of ebay. And we have the same problem!!!!

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I fixed it my self !
I guess I should start a website and charge $

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