My Camcorder Won't Rewind and Says "Eject Tape"

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My Camcorder Won't Rewind and Says "Eject Tape"
It is possible to run into errors when using a videotape based camera. (DreamPictures/Photodisc/Getty Images)

When using a video camera that records onto a blank tape, you may occasionally run into a problem with the tape deck. One of these issues arises when attempting to rewind the tape and you are greeted with an "Eject Tape" message on the camera's LCD screen. There are a few available options for correcting this problem, all of which only take a few minutes to perform.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cleaning tape

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  1. 1

    Check the tape to make sure that it is not already rewound all the way. If it is, your video camera is automatically going to say "Eject Tape."

  2. 2

    Press the "Fast Forward" button and let the tape run for a few moments, then push "Stop" and then rewind the tape. Often times the tape becomes stuck, so advancing it before rewinding it corrects any problems you may encounter.

  3. 3

    Eject the tape and insert a cleaning tape into the camera. The tape deck may be dirty, requiring you to eject the tape. Run the cleaning tape for a few minutes, then eject it. The cleaning tape has a special liquid that collects dust on the interior of the video camera. Once the tape is ejected insert the original tape and push "Rewind."

  4. 4

    Check the tape for damage. If the tape has chips off or if the tape strip is bent the video camera may not function correctly with that particular tape inside.

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