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My camcorder will not accept the tape, it closes without a tape but when i insert one it just makes a noise for about 5 secs. and then pops open, won't pull down into the heads. thanks

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This is usually caused by a defective component in the tape detection circuitry and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired qualified service technician.


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