Question about Canon ZR200 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
Every time I put the casette tape in and shut the receptacle, it immediately beeps and reopens the slot. It will however close and retract if there is no tape in the receptacle
Thanks! I tried everything and nothing worked. I smacked it a few times and it worked like a charm! Thanks!
Posted on Apr 25, 2008
I tried the whack it solution and it worked like a charm, first try! Thanks so much. I hit it firm on the non-video screen side.
Posted on Feb 22, 2008
Haha that's crazy, it worked! it's my sons 2nd birthday today and last night when i turned it on i discovered this same problem. i gave it a slap thinking as if that would work, it didnt. slapped it a bit harder, still no luck. in my frustration i punched it repeatedly (3 or 4 times) and now it works!! hahaha can't believe it! thanks for the suggestion!!!! :)
Posted on Dec 29, 2007
Remarkable, i read the wack it solutions, thinking this was a joke.
I had the exact same problem and gave it the lightest tap possible with the flat of my hand- really light tap- all is fixed.
I love the web :-)
Posted on Nov 28, 2007
The strike it method works. Disclaimer: Mine is out of warranty and I had nothing to lose, so I tried it and it worked.
DO NOT STRIKE THE DEVICE ON THE SCREEN SIDE!
Close the screen, flip it over to the non screen side. With a closed fist, lightly strike the side that does not have the screen. If it does not resolve the issue, increase strike pressure until it does or dies.
Like I said, I had nothing to loose by doing this as it was unusable as it was. It would have cost more to ship it back for repair than buying a new one.
Posted on Nov 24, 2007
Well done people...when technology fails us, we can resort to hitting it. I love it. Worked for me, I want to call Canon back and tell them all about it. Thanks again.
Posted on Apr 16, 2008
UGH-MINE JUST STARTED DOING THE SAME THING. BOUGHT NEW CASSETTES, ETC. HAVE YOU HEARD THE SOLUTION YET?
Posted on Oct 31, 2007
I couldn't believe that I just had to smack the camera to get it to work. It took 3 goods smacks and then it worked. But then I started seeing horizontal lines during playback, so I smacked it again, and the lines went away, too. The wonders of technology.
Posted on Oct 28, 2009
Sorry, didn't work for me....STILL not accepting my tape!!!!
Posted on Oct 26, 2009
First I smacked it. No luck. Then I took the batteries out. No luck. Then I smacked it harder. It worked!!
Posted on Dec 19, 2007
I tried the girly slap on mine and it worked! :)
Thanks guys! I was getting pretty PO'd with the thing. One year old and it sucks!!!!!
Posted on Dec 01, 2007
The Smack!!! It works!!! I missed the opportunity to film some great experiences because of that little problem that seems by the number of inherant in this camera.
Posted on Oct 12, 2009
Awesome fix!!! One rap was not enough, but 3 was the charm. Thanks!
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
Mine worked on the first smack. I was about to take it apart to see what was going on. I had it on the boat for the day and it must have an overheating problem.
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
I was not very happy to try out the solution posted, but decided to give it a shot anyway. I closed the tape tray and tried a few taps on the side where the tape is loaded. It did not work initially. After a few more tries with increasing intensity of taps, it finally worked!!! Amazing.. I can't get this grin off my face :)
Thanks a ton to all the people who posted their experiences!
Posted on Aug 15, 2009
Oh, my!! I have been stressing over my 2 Canon zr200 camcorders!!! They both refused to take a tape on the same week!! I have talked to Canon, the camera store and no luck! SO, I SMACKED them! LOVE it!! Saved me $$$$ to record my mini tapes to save. THANKS!
Posted on Jul 21, 2009
Weird!!!! But soution is amazing. It worked for me too. Canon should put this solution in the FAQ :).
Thank you all guys
Posted on Jun 24, 2009
Another success story! Camera was sitting idle for a month with same problem. Three solid smacks to right side and it immediately started accepting tapes again.
Thanks a million!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on Apr 19, 2009
Great, 10 nice Smack, my Canon ZR200 started accepting the casette. BTW, Does anyone know what makes it work?
Posted on Apr 12, 2009
DAMN!!! I can't believe that percussibe matianence worked. Thanks.
Posted on Dec 13, 2008
I tried the "Smack" and it worked just fine. I just got back from a Buffalo hunting trip in zero weather and the camera quit working. Glad to see there is someone out there with knowledge of how to fix these minor problems without sending them into a repair shop. Thanks for the info.
Posted on Dec 07, 2008
Had the same problem, the smacking of the cassette side worked! NICE!
Posted on Oct 10, 2008
Thanks so much to the net forum. My canon ZR200 was happy accepting cassettes only four times. Then it started to reject both new and old cassettes alike with 3 deep beeps. After reading the solution in this forum I gently tapped on the cassette side of the camera. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!! It accepts cassettes now. Praise God!
THANKS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL GUIDANCE
Posted on Aug 29, 2008
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE SHOULD WORK FOR CANON.
Posted on Aug 22, 2008
Awesome! The smack method fixed the tape loading issue.
Man, I haven't smacked an electronic device since we had a black & white TV with rabbit ears and foil for reception.
I am tempted to smack every broken electronic device I have (that is out of warranty).
It may not fix 'em, but it will make me feel better!
Posted on Jun 04, 2008
You guys are genius!!! might try this on all my other broken gadgets......
Posted on May 31, 2008
I can't believe I missed two months of my new daughter's life when all I had to do was smack the camera on the side. One smack and it worked like a charm. Thanks to whomever first posted the solution.
Now if only someone had a solution for the batteries that only last 15 minutes.... Brendan, San Francisco.
Posted on May 15, 2008
Just after posting the problem I noticed the solution mentioned here. I tried it and I cannot beleive it too it worked. The only difference is that I had to give about three slaps since the first two did not do the job.
Posted on Dec 03, 2007
Giving it a girly slap on the tape side worked!
Posted on Nov 29, 2007
I just looked around on this site for people who had the same problem and when all else fails, give it a good smack. Tell that damn camera who's boss. I tried it and the atpe was accepted first try! MAybe a loose connection or something?
Posted on Nov 11, 2007
I tried this and it worked. I posted of my success too soon because although it fixed the ejection problem it now makes a high pitch noise and will not show the video on my tapes. I twill fast forward, rewind, and act like it is playing but nothing shows up.
Posted on Feb 07, 2011
Wow, i just actully smacked it and it works.
Posted on Dec 27, 2010
Sure enough.. My husband gave our ZR200 a smack and it worked! So thankful that it wasn't anything serious!
Posted on Dec 24, 2010
WOW! i smacked it one good time on the tape side and worked perfect! my kids have a Christmas play tonight and i was so mad that none of my tapes were working, kept getting the "remove cassette" message :( so glad that i found this! Thanks!!
Posted on Dec 06, 2010
I have a ZR 200 Canon camcorder and my tape wouldn't load/cassette wouldn't go down to play. I did what one person on here said to do, three good smacks on the side of the camcorder and I'm not kidding, it worked..holy ****.. :) that just saved me $100 repair bill. haha It now retracts again!
Posted on Nov 17, 2010
Amazing. I've not been able to use this cam for 4 years. I smack it and it's brand new. geez o mighty
Posted on Oct 29, 2010
It works. Slap that mother!!! Thanks to all you crazy people who helped me and my family save a buck!!!!! Frankie V.
Posted on Mar 13, 2010
SMACK IT BABY SMACK IT!!!! 2 or 3 times on the non screen side worked like a charm for me...i have been tinkering with this thing all week. This same theory worked on my in-laws as well.
Posted on Oct 26, 2008
Wow, I was having this same problem this morning and read this forum for a suggestion and guest what, two good smacks got it working!!!! HAHAHA, HOW CRAZY BUT IT WORKED!
See everyone, spanking is not aways a bad thing...haha!!
Posted on Aug 15, 2008
Thanks, worked at first try, amazing.
Posted on Jun 09, 2008
Hitting works. thx
Posted on Jun 01, 2008
During a beach vacation my camera experienced the same thing and after following the Canon web site's reccommendation I had success. simply remove both batteries from the camera (let it reboot) for a couple of minutes then re-insert the batteries and camera should work.
Posted on Dec 12, 2007
I also tried the "smack it" approach and, sure enough, it worked. Called Canon customer support and they were about as helpful as my cats...told me I should send it in to get it repaired.
Of course, that's about the extent of modern-day customer service. Thank you, Internet user forums!
Posted on Nov 14, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Problem tape in the receptacle
I found other entry in this forum about the same problem. Could not believe the solution, but worked for me and other 30+ folks...
A couple of gentle slaps on the side (not the one of the screen), made it work again...
I had nothing to loose since it was out of warranty, so I tried and worked on mine as well...
Posted on Jan 27, 2008
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