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A tape was stuck in the handycam in the vcr mode playback.I took it out by opening it up.Now the carriage goes down properly.When a tape is inserted,the carriage goes down,and it seems as though the tape is loaded,but within seconds the eject symbol comes up in the led viewfinder and the tape is ejected.Why won't it go in to playback mode?

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Hi,
I need following info to help you.
What is model number of your Sony camcorder?
Can you insert tape in camera mode and record it for a while or get same eject sign?
Thanks.


Posted on Jul 12, 2010

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