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Canon ES900 Everything on the camera is operational except that when you attempt to put a tape in, the tape carrier won't go down. Without a tape, the carrier will go down.

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Make sure the tape is not write protected. ray tape is forever and if you need proof what do you think the cloud runs off of?? tape...been in the tape business for 40 years audio, video, data and floppy disks and now linear tape..

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TAPE UNITS ARE OBSOLETE BIN IT AND GET A NEW DIGITAL UNIT

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SOURCE: canon es900 8mm camcorder won't allow tape insertion

Canon ES series camcorder was designed with 1000 hour capacitors on the processor boards. When the time comes these capaictors loose value and create problems for the main computer to communicate with other mechanical system in the camcorder. We were able to service well 7 years ago but the life of these component has aged too much to make it good anymore. I wish I have a better news for you but the success repair on 'ES model is very slim and if repaired, the labor charge may run many times over of the value of this camcorder. You can probably obtain a newer used camcorder at decent price and get all you tapes into DVD quick. Good luck -James

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Canon es900 8mm camcorder won't allow tape insertion

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1. Remove the two small screws from the tape door face. I show the entire carriage removed.
2. Look for the small metal peg on the left side, about 1” down from the top of the tape carriage.
3. Using something small push down on the peg to release the tape door.
4. Important Note: Most likely the tape will still be wrapped around the video head and held there by two capstans, (one on each side of the head)
5. Carefully pull out the tape not damage it any more than necessary. Keep in mind this might cause the player to “eat” the tape at this area so smooth the tape here with your fingers (nothing metal) and wind the tape to begin playing past this area if possible.
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