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Tape won't load

Hi we have tried to load a tape but all it does is eject the tape. if we take the tape out of the thingy that you put the tape in it does close properly. what's the matter?

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  • Dj Steveo Dec 29, 2007

    I have the same problem, I called the toll free number and Canon advised me to send it to them for repair. The tech on the phone told me "it sounds like the Dew Sensor was activated and we need to reset it"

    Do you know how to reset this? Or is there anything I can do at home to fix this problem versus sending my Canon ES65A in for service?

    Thanks for any advice you can provide!!!

  • doylebg Apr 03, 2008

    My Canon ZR 200 has a similar problem.  Everything was going along just fine and all of the sudden it tells me to remove the tape.  You can remove it, try again, and the same thing happens.  I tried a new tape and the same thing happened.  I tried a head cleaning tape and it said "erasure prevention device - remove."  It will close with no tape in it but will not allow you to record on a tape - it just wants it ejected.  Any ideas?  

  • ZippyZapper Apr 29, 2008

    Mine did the same thing as I think it's more mechanical than sensor. Empty, it will close no problem and the head does not spin. Tape inserted, head spins(you can hear a whirring noise that was not there empty-that's the head) and it pops open saying EJECT THE TAPE. I closed the tape, tapped briskly on the part sticking out that saysDO NOT PUSH HERE...tap, tap, tap, tap, tap. It went in then spit it out. I did it again and presto what sounded like against it's will, it went in and now i'm using it. Hope this helps. Do not push on the part labeled, just take first three fingers together and tap medium hard.

  • jordan24x Nov 24, 2008

    Hi I have a simular problem. Ive just ejected a tape to put another one in and I then closed the case and waited for the tape to go down and load and ..nothing!! The wheels are not spinning there is absolutly nothing and when i eject the tape a little of the tape has come out and is slightly creased!! It was taping fine until I went to change the tape. Any ideas???



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Probobly some problem withthe load motor/ The first thing to look for is to see if the heads are spinning - or at least see if they *try* to spin, because unless they *are* spinning the tape will never load. Also, the heads *shouldn't* be spinning with no tape inserted - if they are then this suggests that the dew sensor has been activated (the heads are made to spin under this condition in an attempt to dry things out). If this gives no clues, the next step would probably be to dismantle the thing and attempt to load a tape by hand (looking for signs of jamming mechanism, etc. Anything more serious than this is one for the workshop

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This works!!!

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I also had this problem with a Canon ZR200. The tape would not load, but if it had no tape, it would retract fine. I fixed it by removing both the main battery and the little watch battery. Once I did that, I assume it reset or lost whatever data it was hung up on. (Like rebooting a computer) Then I just put the batteries back in and then the tape would load again. All fixed!

Hope this helps the next person. Good Luck!

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I have the same problem, how do you expect me to see the head spin if the tape will not load and the head should not be spinning without teh tape. Any other bright ideas.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007

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The tape might be wrapped around the head or the capstan. The mechanism is delicate so you risk more damage by trying yourself - check with some of the repair shops on the Fixya home page for prices to remove the tape.

Posted on Dec 18, 2006

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I have the zr850 which I have used less than a dozen times, and it does the same thing as you describe. Was told by canon tech people to try a maxell brand tape and a head cleaner tape. Have not tried their sugestion yet. camera is 3 months old.

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I have both the willful zoom and the unwilling cassette problems. In the past I have briefly fixed the zoom by opening the door and gently probing the cable to the zoom button. This only worked for a couple of weeks then reverted to same crazed performance. Then last month the "remove the cassette" madness started (bear in mind, I have only recorded perhaps 15 cassettes on this damn thing). Nothing worked. Until tonight when I simply lightly smacked the unit down flat on the manual resting on my desktop. Did this a few times and BOTH the zoom and cassette door started responding properly. I'll see how long this lasts, but it beats buying a new one or dealing with Canon. Never again.

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