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I got the problem with my canon XL2 since last 3 months ago. The tape cannot unload sometimes. During recording and run out with tape, try to change with the new one but the cassette compartment cannot unload after I press eject button. Could you please help me with this problem....

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That is could be the cassette in switch or door swith inter mitent contact, or the mode switch for the mechanism position....
or a good clean up of the mechanism...
hope that will help you
regards allan

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See this link for Dry DV tapes: http://cgi.ebay.com/Panasonic-mini-DV-digital-video-cassette-AY-DVM63SQ-5pk-/170645949017?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item27bb4a8a59

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http://cgi.ebay.com/5-Panasonic-Master-HDV-HD-video-tape-HC9-Mini-DV-/220519311691?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item3357f9a94b


See this link for Head Cleaner cassette: http://cgi.ebay.com/MiniDV-mini-DV-Panasonic-Head-Cleaner-Cleaning-Tape-/220683036059?pt=US_Camcorder_Tapes_Discs&hash=item3361bbe59b


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