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My handy cam (Hi8) has problem loading the tapes. As soon as you load the tape it will close and in about 5 seconds eject itself.

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This can be caused by several problems including the transmission gear in the tape mechanism not engaging properly or a defective clutch in the take-up spool 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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