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Cassette compartment will not retract after loading or unloading cassette and pushing tape compartment into the closed possition. Primary battery and small back up battery are charged. Any suggestions.

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This is usually caused by a defective component in the tape detection circuitry and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it’s not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.

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