Question about Canon ZR200 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Will Not Load Tape

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

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  • PAT54 Nov 01, 2007

    Mine is doing the identical thing. Is this a canon problem that needs to be addressed?

    Mine is not that old.

    I have put brand new cassettes in...put the used ones in...left open to dry in case of condensation...put a new battery in...

  • hopedave Nov 02, 2007

    my camera is about 18 moths old and it is doing the same thing. I tried new tapes, old tapes. charged up batteries as well let it dry out for over 24 hours. It was working fine and then we went to change the tape and pow. It will not close up. just keeps saying remove tape.

  • jaxmichael Nov 11, 2007

    I have the exact same problem just today. I don't understand it.

  • mountaineers Nov 21, 2007

    When a tape is put in camera makes a whining noise, then a long beep before rejecting the tape.

  • kejasi Nov 21, 2007

    I had the exact same symptons. As suggested, I slapped it firmly and the tape loaded normally. Smacking the unit didn't seem like a wise thing to do but it fixed it.

  • ookla Nov 24, 2007

    Same thing here as well. It gives a 'Remove Cassette' message and then will not accept it. I would like to try the knock the crap out of it approach, but I am not sure where to deliver the knock the crap out of it blow. If you have a particular spot where you hit it, please post that.

    Thanks

  • Anonymous Dec 02, 2007

    We have exactly the same problem. Tape won't load, starts beeping. Charged it, bought a new battery, left it alone for awhile...nothing. Will close and retract when there is no tape. HELP!

  • sfernando Dec 03, 2007

    I have exactly the same problem with Canon ZR300. Mine is only about 2years old and very lightly used and had this problem now for some 4 months.

  • Howyadoin Dec 20, 2007

    I tried it and it worked too. We had two Canon cameras, that were both doing the same thing. It worked on both. My son made me laugh when I told him. He said when people send them in to get fixed, there is probably just a guy that sits there all day and smacks cameras. SMACK $100, Smack $100, ... :)

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2007

    I hadn't used my zr200 for about 3-4 months and the battery was dead. Upon plugging it in and turning it on it said Remove Cassette. Manual was of no use. Found this solution and tried it...it worked the first time.

  • guest111 Jan 27, 2008

    One more to the list.. Same Problem. A couple of "old-fashioned" slaps and got it to work again...

  • OhioJoe Feb 10, 2008

    Holy cow. The smack trick worked forst time! I am on a ski trip with 12 other friends here at SnowShoe trying to review the footage from the day of skiing. I got the same issue... thought it was a dew/moisture issue since I had just brought in to the condo from the cold air outside. But Canon's website was unbelievably not helpful.. I'd type in variosu combinations of "dew" and "moisture" and it'd give me the same list of 13 tips, none of which had anything to do with moisture or dew. So, i typed in "please remove cassette" and foudn this site... I was laughing my butt off telling all my ski buddies this supposed solution. Then said, "I can't belive I am going to try this" and smacked it 3 times on the non-screen side. Tried to put the tape in as everyone was watching... bingo.. worked.. we laughed our butts off. Never have i seen a solution like this before that was actually real. LOL.

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    It worked, the slap trick worked like a charm the first try! Thanks so much!

  • a3d_tomcat Feb 28, 2008

    I had the same problem right before my daughters "famous americans" show and missed taping it. My family had a laugh at the solution, but giving it a good smack works. The canon website was useless!

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2008

    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 ** tape in the receptacle

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2008

    I can't believe it. I had the same problem, tape wouldn't load. Tried 3 different tapes. Found this Fonzie fix AND IT WORKED!. Thanks to the person that first tried smacking their camcorder. Now when ever anything I own acts up, I'll just smack it.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2008

    It does works, Thanks for the ideal. My daughter really need this camcorder for her project.

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2008

    whenever I put the tape in, it makes a noise, beeps, then tries to shut only to open back up immediately. It will shut without the tape in it though.

  • Anonymous May 01, 2008

    We tried the same thing after being sure these solutions were some kind of joke and sure enough it worked. I guess it is necessary to smack your electronics now and then.

  • Anonymous May 02, 2008

    Couldn't believe it but it worked for us too!! Thanks everyone for all the comments or I may not have tried this.

  • KiowaOH58 May 16, 2008

    Had same issue, would not load tape but would retract just fine without. Fist slap didn't work, slaped a few times on the tape side (oppisite side from screen) and behold, tape loads fine. Try it no matter what I say, to expensive to send back to Cannon.
    Ask this though (to play Canon's advocate) did anyone leave a tape in the camera for a length of time right before this happened. I had a tape left in it for a little bit right before (manual says do not leave tapes in device), figure something inside must be getting stuck and slapping it breaks it loose, might have to do with leaving a tape in it for to long between use repeatedly.

  • Anonymous May 31, 2008

    Just want to add my thanks for the solution. I thought the days of tapping electronics to induce a fix were long gone. Apparently not!
     Also, I'm  glad I found this solution before my attempts at troubleshooting the problem made this fix unusable!!

  • Anonymous Jun 06, 2008

    Yay!!! I just had this problem this morning and it freaked me out. Luckily a little slap help loosen whatever was screwed up!
    Thanks!


  • Anonymous Aug 13, 2008

    Two slight slaps on the tape deck side worked! That was the easiest fix ever!




  • bessncate Aug 21, 2008

    Same problem - "Remove Cassette" accompanied by annoying, ear-piercing beep. Two burly-man smack-a-lacks on tape side and it was back in business.

  • mbaum101 Aug 28, 2008

    OK, I was having the same problem, did the slap and it worked!



    Unfortunately once the tape was in the camera started making a high pitch reving sound over and over again. The tape can rewind and ff but not play?!!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated. I went from incredibly excited to bummed out again in about 3 seconds. Thank you!



  • pathtek4 Oct 10, 2008

    I just smacked the cassette side twice and now it works! Easiest fix in the world...wow!

  • greg917 Nov 02, 2008

    Same Problem... When put tape into slot it make a high pitched whine sound and then opens up .... tried several tape but all the same....

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    Same problem. Smacking the camera on the side without the video screen worked first try!  Saved me $300 for a new camera!

  • coralreefs Nov 25, 2008

    I took mine to a repair guy, he looked at it for about a minute, then told me (with the worst bad breath) that I need to replace some do-hicky that would cost about 300 bucks!

    Good thing I Googled the problem, I gave it a couple of slaps on the side and now it works great!! and now I'm glad I don't have to deal with a stinky breath repair guy!!

  • jsjs04 Dec 01, 2008

    Same Problem! Tried what others did by a couple slaps and guess what..IT WORKED! Give it 2 or 3 nice slaps on the side and it will work! NO JOKE! Thanks to whoever figured this out! Now I have a video camera to record things for Christmas!

  • Anonymous Dec 12, 2008

    Holy ****, It Worked.
    My God, I was so frustrated when in the middle of duplicating tapes to DVD's I put in a blank to capture some kiddie antics and the same problem started happening. Being as close to Christmas as it is this was depressing, but a solid smack solved the problem.
    I truly cannot believe the simple fix worked in these days but it did.


  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    I had to wake it repeatedly & quite hard, but it worked. Thanks

  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2009

    Another success story! Camera was sitting idle for 1 month with same problem. Three solid smacks to the right side and it immediately started accepting tapes again.

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jutnjen Apr 19, 2009

    everyt time I put the tape in and shut the receptacle, it immediately beeps and reopens the slot. It will close and retract if there is no tape in the receptacle

  • Anonymous May 09, 2009

    when ever i am loading my casette it says to eject it immediately.it beeps and ejects

  • SadUser0802 May 14, 2009

    When I insert tape, the camcorder beeps and does open up the compartment immediately.

  • Anonymous May 16, 2009

    Same thing--it worked the other day, but today it said "remove cassette" and it wouldn't close again with a cassette in it (I tried several times). However, after viewing the "solution" to hit it a couple times, it now retracts again. Go figure.

  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    WORKS LIKE A CHARM!
    SMACKING!


  • Guest OKAY Jul 24, 2013

    i smacked it and it didnt work i kept on hitting it harder and harder and then i got soo angry i end oup haveing pieces of the camera in front of me

  • Guest OKAY Jul 24, 2013

    i smacked it but it didnt work so i ended up getting soo angry that i ended up with pieces of the camera in front of me

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The strike it method works. Disclaimer: Mine is out of warranty and I had nothing to lose, so I tried it and it worked.

Process:

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.

Good Luck!

Posted on Nov 24, 2007

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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

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UGH-MINE JUST STARTED DOING THE SAME THING.  BOUGHT NEW CASSETTES, ETC. HAVE YOU HEARD THE SOLUTION YET?

Posted on Oct 31, 2007

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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

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Sorry, didn't work for me....STILL not accepting my tape!!!!

Posted on Oct 26, 2009

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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

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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

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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.

Thankyou!

Posted on Oct 12, 2009

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Awesome fix!!! One rap was not enough, but 3 was the charm. Thanks!

Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Great, 10 nice Smack, my Canon ZR200 started accepting the casette. BTW, Does anyone know what makes it work?

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DAMN!!! I can't believe that percussibe matianence worked. Thanks.

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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.

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Had the same problem, the smacking of the cassette side worked! NICE!

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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

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THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE SHOULD WORK FOR CANON.

Posted on Aug 22, 2008

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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

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You guys are genius!!! might try this on all my other broken gadgets......

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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

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That's awesome. thanks for the tip. I just missed my daughters 2nd grade program because of this problem but now it's fixed with a nice little slap.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007

  • rbrunt007 Dec 19, 2007

    This worked awesome. thank you very much. I just missed my daughters 2nd grade program because of this problem. I've been pretty happy with the Canon until now. It's now back in working order since showing it who's boss :) -- Thanks.

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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!
Thanks all!
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Posted on Nov 29, 2007

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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

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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.

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Wow, i just actully smacked it and it works.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Couldn't believe it but the solution of gently whacking the non-screen side worked for us too!! Thanks everyone for all the comments or I may not have tried this.

Posted on May 02, 2008

  • payohtee Nov 20, 2010

    Reminds me of Prodigy's song, Smack My ***** Up. Now I know they were singing about their Canon ZR85. Smacking my ZR85 worked great, but not at first. I tried smacking my B up, but it didn't work. So I tried again, no luck; again, and a bit harder, no luck. Was just about to give up when I tried once more, and this time with a "manly" smack (not the "girly" one recommended above), and voila, she's now back on the job! Thanks, all!

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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!

~benjamin

Posted on Nov 14, 2007

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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...
Good luck

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TAKING A GOOD QUALITY TAPE FROM ONE CASETTE AND MOVE TO ANOTHER WITHOUT HARMING THE TAPE QUALITY: TAKE A NEW, GOOD CASETTE AND UNSCREW THE 5 SCREWS HOLDING THE TWO PARTS OF THE CASETTE TOGETHER. AT THIS POINT DO NOT OPEN THE CASETTE. TURN THE CASETTE UPSIDE DOWN (SO THAT THE SIDE WHERE THE SCREWS CAME OUT IS NOW SITTING DOWNWARDS ON A FLAT SURFACE) IF YOU OPEN THE CASETTE BEFORE TURNING IT UPSIDE DOWN, ALL KINDS OF SMALL PIECES WILL FALL OUT AND YOU WILL NOT KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM. NOW GENTLY SEPARATE THE TWO PARTS OF THE CASETTE AND PAY ATTENTION TO EXACTLY WHERE THE TAPE RUNS THROUGH VARIOUS SPINDLES, ETC. MAKE A SKETCH IF THIS WILL HELP YOU. GENTLY LIFT OUT THE TAPE AND REPLACE IT WITH THE TAPE THAT WAS IN THE BROKEN CASETTE. THIS IS ASSUMING THAT THE ONLY DAMAGE WAS TO THE CASETTE ITSELF AND NOT THE TAPE. REPLACE THE TOP PART OF THE CASETTE (WITH THE SCREW HOLDS STILL FACING DOWNWARDS). HOLDING THE TWO PIECES OF THE CASETTE TIGHTLY TOGETHER, TURN IT OVER AND REPLACE THE SCREWS. TRY NOT TO HANDLE THE TAPE ITSELF. I HAVE USED RIGHT FITTING SURGEON'S GLOVES WHILE DOING THIS, BUT REALLY DON'T KNOW IF THEY HELP, BUT THEY DO KEEP THE NATURAL OILS OF THE FINGERS OFF THE TAPE.

Feb 26, 2006 | JVC HR-J461MS VHS VCR

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