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Tape will not load

Hi there, I cannot load a tape into my MV6imc. Also with the tape removed the mechanisim will not retract. With the switch on the camera or play function i get the message remove the casette. Can someone please help?

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I have enabled the MV6i to load a tape by: replacing the 3V 'data' battery, re-entering the date and time, turning the camera off for about half an hour, after taking several photos using the photo function the tape would load properly. Hope this works for you too! [email protected]

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