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Tape Eject Problem

For some unknown reason (no abuse, careful care), my Canon Optura 20 will no longer open the tape compartment. When I flip open the casing (there are no cables or straps hindering the ability to open), the tape compartment clicks several times, then only moves up part way. It never makes it all the way up and the door does not flip open. There is no tape in there at the moment. I've tried with battery and with A/C power, but no luck either way. Any help would be greatly appreciated. By the way, this site is fantastic! Thanks!

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  • erbell Feb 17, 2009

    I have the same problem with my JVC Compact Vhs C GR-800. It's very old but everything else seems to want to work,except for the power switch which doesn't seem to want to shut off.

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I have the same camera and it just did the same thing.  Can't open it and its jammed.  Hope you find an answer, but my answer was to go out and buy a JVC 850 at Circuit City for 200 bucks.  

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