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Canon zr50 mc, door to tape compartment will not close

I have a canon zr50 mc, and the door to the DV tape compartment is stuck open. It normally will close automatically once a tape is inserted. It is frozen there. I tried to lightly "encourage" it to close, but will not budge. It was used maybe one year lightly, but this happened and it's been in the box in storage for years. Going on a ski vacation and need a video cam, and don't want to spend $500+. Thanks

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SOURCE: Canon zr300 ejects tapes

There is a fix for this which was posted for either the ZR 200 or 400. They call it the "Fonzie" fix. Just hit the camcorder with your fist on the side where the tape goes in (with the door closed). Hit it lightly once, try inserting the tape. Repeat this process with increasing force each time until this works.

Surprisingly, this worked for me. Obviously, there must be something loose for this type of solution to work. I actually had it working once, then it acted up again. I tried the same solution and it's working again. No problems for several days now.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008

SOURCE: Canon MV800i tape would not eject.

Put pedalfoot in camera, shake vigorously.

Posted on May 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Canon zr300 ejects tapes

Hi guys,

Thank you very much for this solution posting. Really it worked. I was about to buy another one instead of fixing the problem. Because you know how the pain is, to send it factory and getting it repaired.

Once again Thank you.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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SOURCE: Mini DV tapes transfer to computer

wow, i have the same exact problem. im using a canon too. and i dont have an installation CD or anything, because i baught my camera at a pawn shop. the only thing i can think of is that i might be using the wrong type of fire wire cord? do i need to use a DV fire wire cord? i have no clue.

Posted on Aug 21, 2008

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SOURCE: FireWire for camcorder mini dv

Go to this link. Click on "Frequently Asked Questions" and then click on the appropriate link (#4). Basically, once the firewire cable is connected, make sure that the camcorder is in the playback mode, is turned on, and you see "DV IN" on the LCD. If all that is happening, your computer/software should be able to "see" the camcorder and download the video.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Canon ZR300 Mini DV Digital Camcorder THE MINI DV

I know this is going to sound strange. I had the same issue with my ZR300. When you insert a tape and close the mechinism you hear the tape whirl then it pops open and chimes. I found a solution online and thought it was to good to be true. It said to hold the camcorder in your left hand with the right side up (the opposite side of the fold out viewer). You then hit the camcorder , not real hard like slapping something. Open the door and insert the tape and WHAM! It loaded fine. Eight people had tried it according to the review and all eight people had success. I was skeptical but it works! Don't hit it so hard you break it. I did mine twice before it worked but it works everytime now. Trust me just try it and it will work.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010

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