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Canon zr 300 won't take tape inside

The camera won't take tapes down. Retracts and goes back down if tape is not present, but if I put any tape in it will make funny noise and eject tape without taking it in to the camera!

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FONZIE FIX! It worked for me.

close the tape load door and with your fist, wack it. worked first time for me. the instructions were to wack it harder each time until it closes with the tape. Look up FONZIE FIX.

Posted on Oct 23, 2010

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  • Scott Nichols Nov 16, 2010

    Tried this last night with my ZR300 that had the same issue with the tape not loading. Had to hitit twice but it now loads fine! I called Canon and they said the repair would be 150-400 dollars. I'm glad I looked here because the solution worked perfect!

  • Chech76 Jul 10, 2011

    I thought this was BS, but I had nothing to lose since the camera would not load the tape. I opened it up and allowed the tape mechanism to pop open. I then closed it it up, gave it a slap on the side, opened it back up, put a tape in, and it worked. One good whack is all it took. I did not hit it really hard, but it apparently knocked something back in place.

    Go FONZIE.

  • Godchick Aug 26, 2011

    Oh wow! We just tried it with our Canon zr 300 and by gum it worked! My husband closed the camcorder door with obviously no tape inside then gave it a good whack, kind of a spank, on the top of the loading door and he then opened it and it was able to take a tape again. Strange but true!

  • David Prince
    David Prince Apr 01, 2014

    That worked!!!!!

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