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I have an old Video Camera, Sanyo VM-RZ2R 8mm camcorder. I can't get the cassette holder to eject. There's no cassette in it at the moment but when I press the eject button, the camcorder turns a couple of little plastic wheels within it but the cassette holder does not eject. I have some old footage of the kids and was hoping to get it copied to digital eventually. Can you help? Thanks.

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Your eject problem will be one of three things. 1- the gears for the eject mechanism have shifted and not making contact with each other. You can fix this by realigning the gears. 2- The gears are stripped and need replaced. 3- there is a small plastic pin that releases the cassette bay. check to see if this pin is broken. If so, then you will need to replace the pin or the gear the pin is attached to. With this being an older model, parts will be extremely hard to find. Let's hope that the gears are just misaligned.

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