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Wont except tape or occasionally when it does after awhile of use it pops up "remove tape" or "remove cassette".

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Tape mechanism problems can be quite complicated. This will require disassembling the camera to repair the tape mechanism and can be done 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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