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Is there a quick fix when the camera keeps saying the tape is locked? I've tried different tapes and switched it off and on, from vcr to record and nothing is letting me record.

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Tape mechanism problems can be quite complicated but they can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be diagnosed by a qualified service technician.


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