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When watching tapes it has lines going across. The camcorder prompts me to use a cleaning cassette. I tried to use the cleaning cassette and it then says that the unit is in safeguard mode and to eject and reinsert tape. I have done this and it continues to tell me that. What do I need to do to be able to use camcorder?

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This is most likely caused by a damaged or misaligned video drum and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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thats it your head drum is dirty and need to be clean
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