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Won't play tapes, just stays on the blue screen

When i try to play tapes with the camera, none of the pictures or sound show up, it just stays on the blue vcr screen with a picture of the tape.

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Ok. what you need to do it hit the side where the tape goes in...start out slow and then gradually hit harder and harder...not too hard though...because it sounds like a hardware jam...you need to unjam it by shaking it up a bit.

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