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Removed mini dv tape, reinstalled mini dv tape... cassette wont close, all power lost!

Nothing works on my camcorder now. All i did was remove the tape, reinstall the tape and now the cassette is stuck in the up position (tape locked inside) and I have no power. the battery is at full charge and I even attached the dc cord to no avail. powerless. help please.

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Internal power supply fault, unit needs to be checked by a panasonic technician.

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