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Hi Donald. not sure how many calls you get from

Hi Donald. not sure how many calls you get from New Zealand. I have a Canon UC9 Hi8 camcorder. i cannot load any Hi8 tapes. Have tried on battery and with the power adaptor, makes no difference. If i have no tape in, then when i push door closed the mechanism retracts down into the camera as it should. If i put a tape in and close door, it does not retract (load) down into camera, it thinks about it for a few seconds and then opens door again. The eye piece screen says eject. when i close door with no tape, the head capstan does not spin up (seems reasonable) When i do close door with tape in, the capstan does spin up ok. With no tape, as mechanism retracts down into camera, the arms move down and wrap around capstan, so the ones that would wrap tape around capstan if the Hi8 cassette was in the camera. so seems to load up ok if no tape, but does not load up if tape inserted.. the screen flashes the No Tape symbol if no tape, but that symbol goes away if i put a tape in any thoughts?? cheers Paul Electrical Engineer

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The fault seems to be in the sensor and the mode switch of the loading system which is connected with the main controller processor and loading driver.
This can be a failure of the tape end detector which is a IR - infra red- emitter which is placed in the center of the tape tray and MUST feed continuous signal to the END IR detectors placed at either ends.
Also the tape seems to load with a false detection of the cassette within when the tray is closed for this reason of the failure along with a possible misplaced mode switch settings. This triggers to make the loading move without a reason and so can be due to failure of the the mode switch or unbalanced settings.You will need some experience to remove the tray unit, then check on the IR sensors and also check the settings of the loading drive and mode switch.

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