I insert the tape and it does not seem to detect that I have inserted a tape. It makes no attempt to spool the tape around the drum.
If I keep ejecting and loading the tape sometimes it will eventually detect it and load the tape around the head and then it functions normally. It takes several tries.
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There should be an IR LED/photodiode assembly that goes "inside" the tape when it's loaded that tells the camcorder that there's a tape inside. The photodiode might not be picking up the reflected light.