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I have a problem with the Panasonic AJ-D200. The tape will not close. The symptom developed after I loaded a head cleaning cassette. I then loaded a normal tape and now it won't close. I then changed this tape drive for a spare drive. Powered up the camera and tried again. I loaded a head cleaning cassette. Then loaded a normal cassette and now this one won't close. The problem seems to be with this head cleaning cassette but I cannot risk using another spare tape deck. I cannot see the latch that would be affect the closing mechanism. Does anyone have a diagram or a solution?

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I came across this very problem on two Panasonic AJ-D200 and the problem seems to be a bit of plastic mould on some cleaning cassettes, As the cleaner is inserted it bends a piece of the cassette holding cage release mechanism which is made from aluminium so all you have to do is bend it back in to place that is if you are lucky and it hasen't broken off.

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I've always pulled my hair out over problems like this. I think you're right, the cleaning cassette is bad, but problems like this can be tricky. It's going to be hard to find a diagram or service manual, but you might get lucky. I would take it into a camera repair shop, and just see if they would explain the reason the deck won't load, or if they've ever seen this problem before. It might give you enough of a clue to be able to fix it yourself, or they might help for a reasonable fee.
Here is an answer from another tech on FixYa:
usually this occurs when the door latch release mechanism is broken. This mechanism is located on the basket where you push the tape in and it's job is to open the tape "door" on the cassette that you insert. Unfortunately, the only fix for this is to replace the cassette basket.
Guess that might be the solution, to do what you've been doing, but skip that cleaning tape and buy a different kind, or clean the unit by hand.
Good luck, hope this helps, and thanks for using FixYa.

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