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Trust me on this one....with tape still in unit and battery removed, smack both sides of unit firmly 3-4 times with the heel of your hand. It works 9 out of 10 times on all Sony cameras. I was quoted $170 to just look at the camera and then a probable $290 to replace the cassette loader mechanism. I told them it wasn't worth it. I checked other Sony blogs addressing the same issue and with out fail smacking the ...cking thing is the only way around it. Apparently it frees up a stuck part. Give it hell.
Video Head cleaning
Tape is by itself also abrasive so you might just try running a long length tape from the beginning to the end to see if that does the trick. If that does not do it then you either have a badly clogged video head or a bad unit. You might also want to consider using Carbon tet or equivalent chemical on head assembly.
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