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Tape rejection I see someone else had this problem posted in feb this year but no solution was suggested so I will try again. i have a Sony PC 101e handy cam and it will not accept any tapes any more it just keeps rejecting them. Any ideas?

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It might be the dew sensor, try blowing it shortly with hot air using hair dryer, if the same entire mechdeck should be replaced. thanks

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