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When I insert a mini dv tape "eject tape" mssg appears on screen. When I eject tape, part of the tape is out of the cassette, but can be pulled out of camcorder...help!

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Tape mechanism problems are quite complicated but they can usually 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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