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Dew detected error signal

I switch on my cam and it tells me dew detected. I once searched about this problem and found one person writing about short circuiting the dew detector. I am an electrical engineer (I think I should be up to it) But there is a problem. I can't locate the dew detector. Could someone please tell the location? My e-mail is [email protected] thanks.

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Dew has condensed in the camera. Eject the cassette but leave the cassette door open.remove the battery . Borrow a hair drier . set it to optimum temperature(not vey hot but but hot enough to cause discomfort when blown on fingers). direct the hot air through the cassette compartment door for about five minutes. reattach the battery and reinsert the tape.
Good Luck,
Luwangula

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