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The cassette cage holding my tape in my Canon ZR65 camcorder will not release the tape. The door is open and the cage tries to move forward or backward (barely) and then stops---won't open up. I dropped my charger for my battery a few days ago---could the battery not be getting enough power to the camera to release the tape? This has never happened before.

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  • meyekb Apr 15, 2009

    I can't run a head cleaner because the tape is secure in the tape cage---it will not release the tape.  If I understand correctly, a head cleaner must be inserted into the space where a tape would be placed.

  • meyekb Apr 15, 2009

    My Canon ZR65 camcorder will not release the cassette tape from the tape cage. The outer covering (door) at the bottom of the camera is open and the cage is raised up as though it is ready to eject but it does not complete the action---it will not open up. The cage attempts to move forward or backward only slightly then stops.

  • meyekb Apr 15, 2009

    I'm not reposting anything-specifically, this is in regard to Rylee Smith. You must be kidding if you think I'm going to accept an answer like that. This is not a joke---I'm going elsewhere for help-

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You can test the charger using a multimeter (it has +-0.5 volts from voltage written on charger), or go to a local repair shop and have it tested.

A more serious problem is if the tape is stuck inside or the release mechanism is broken. In that case camera will need disassembling.

If mechanism are moving slowly and screen does not come up this can be a power issue. Either charger or the connector on camera, that can have a broken solder joint. Also a faulty battery can cause the problem.

test charger with Multimeter , if it is fine go to a shop and test a charged battery. If it is a major issue and not charger/battery ask a quote on repair. You can also get an online quote here: Repair.

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Hi

Please turn off your camera and then switch it on again and then insert the tape cage back. After doing this place your camera on its side and thump on the side opposite the screen. Give it one or two thumps and it will work. This method has worked most of the times. If this doesn't work then check if the tape is not stuck between the head rollers. If not then you'll need to open and disassemble your camcoder. Please see this picture for details---


The cassette cage holding my - 5a3fce5.jpg


Please do accept this solution and revert for further assistance.

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Hi meyekb,
Try to run a head cleaner and using a hair dryer to gently blow air into the tape mechanism. Also remove batteries and let it stay disconnected for 20 minutes and then try again.

Also to avoid the problem:
1. Don't mix brands of tapes
2. Run a head cleaner through the camcorder
3. Only change tapes in a protected area/environment

If the problem does persist, contact the vendor you bought it from, or Canon directly, to get it repaired.

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Posted on Apr 15, 2009

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    taran_2005 Apr 15, 2009

    Yup.


    TRY THIS: Open the tape door on the bottom. LEAVE IT OPEN. Power off your camcorder and remove the battery. With the battery removed, move the power switch to ON. LEAVING THE POWER ON AND THE TAPE DOOR OPEN, replace the battery. The tape should eject without damage. This works for many other models as well. 



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