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The tape deck is jammed and will not pop out of the camera. The camera tells me to reset it, but this does not help either as it has been done several times. Therefore I can't get a mini dv tape into the camera.

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Tape mechanism problems are quite complicated but they can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it’s not a user serviceable problem and will need to be diagnosed by a qualified service technician.

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