Question about Canon ZR100 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
If you read the zr200 problems there is one identical to this one. they said to hit the no screen side.
Posted on Jan 14, 2008
1. pulled big battery
2. pulled little waffer battery (under big battery)
4. pluged in AC power
5. loaded tape with no problem
6. replaced both batterys with AC power still pluged
7. set time ect... done
Posted on Jan 14, 2008
Mine would take a tape but would not record or play back tapes (blue screen or flashes of distorted images).
Tapped it on on both sides and it would not accept tapes.
Removed the batteries (did not seem to help)
"Spanked" the 'Canon' on the LCD side, and it came back alive!
I don't really care why this works, but it did. If you are still reading about how to fix this, stop and hit the already broken camera.
Posted on Jul 25, 2009
I had the same problem and I whacked it a couple times like they said and it worked right away. Thank you for the advice
Posted on Dec 25, 2008
Today, my ZR100 began doing the exact same thing...rejecting tapes. I used it yesterday and it worked perfectly! Through reading another user's problems, i found that "Tapping it FIRMLY" actually did temporarily fix the problem! I dont think canon would recommend this though
Posted on Sep 21, 2008
The tapping worked for me but it was more like spanking the bad camera!! Thanks for info everyone!
Posted on Sep 07, 2008
I had the same problem, (I posted in Dec 07.) Looked at this yesterday saw the "hit on the side opposite the display" solution offered and all the responses that it had worked. I tried it last night. Tapped once, no affect. Tapped twice more and it worked for me too. Wow - thanks for the tip villagidit. I had bought a Panasonic to replace the Canon and I was frustrated because it would not reliably read the tapes I had recorded on the Canon. Now that the Canon is working again I can get my old tapes dubbed off to DVD. Yeah baby!!
FYI - I shared this with a co-worker that owns a Canon ZR900. He mentioned that he had taken a minDV camcorder apart in the past and that there are typically a number of plug/connector pairs inside these units. Could be that one of them comes loose and the tapping corrects this.
Posted on Apr 30, 2008
Tape was working ok, then I rewound it and stuck. When I open tape door it tries to eject, moves up about 1/32 in then gets stuck on something. I think spindles are not withdrawn? No amount of tapping is fixing it.
Posted on Jul 08, 2015
Wow, I thought you all were crazy spanking your camcorder, but I too did not want to throw out $150 2 get the darn thing working again so beat on my camcorder as well and IT WORKED :)! Thanks everyone 4 providing me with such a simple repair :)!
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
I had the same problem and hit the side and now it works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on Oct 01, 2009
I had the same problem that the unit would not take in a tape, but it would close without a tape. I tapped it a couple times on each side to the carpeted floor. I powered up the unit and it worked. I did notice that after I tapped it, the cassette side cover door opens farther than prior to the tapping. I am assuming that something machanically was blocking the cover from fully opening, and the tap free's it to fully open. Just an assumption?????
Posted on Jul 13, 2009
I tapped the side gently. Didn't work. I took all the batteries out and plugged in the power cord. The tape "started to go down" but then ejected. I diconnected power, whacked the side twice with palm, plugged in the power, still with no battery. It worked! Thank you all for your help!
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
Gave it a good open-palm thwack or two on the side opposite the LCD and it's fixed!
Posted on Aug 28, 2008
I had to do more than tap. It took about 10 minutes of light hitting but the darn thing finally submitted. Good Grief...
Posted on Aug 10, 2008
Mine had stopped working for over a year. Tapped on the opposite side a the tape went in no problem
Posted on Jul 24, 2008
Jesus tole me to change the waffer battery and it works better than your Network CRP SLZ Final Solution
JC The One and Ony
Posted on Jun 25, 2008
FWIW, I had issues with mine not accepting tapes. I'd put it in, but when I went to push the carriage down, there would be a ton of resistance and if I did manage to get it down, when it pulled the tape in, it would screw up the part of the cover on the tape (the little plastic part that goes below the tape itself would get derailed) and it would really wrinkle the tape and basically destroy it.
Today, I figured out that the whole problem was being caused by the hand strap being too tight and not letting the main door open fully. I loosened the strap and it now takes tapes w/o any problems.
Just thought I'd pass it along.
Posted on Apr 06, 2008
Mine stopped accepting tapes, took it to a shop for repair but decided against it since they couldn't guarentee they could fix it. On her return she dropped it (inside the camera bag) by accident. I was just reading this article and about to try the tap on the side and hey presto it was already working! Seems a tap or a gentle drop in this case did the trick.
Posted on Apr 04, 2008
Yep, I banged on the non-tape side and IT WORKED!
Wonderful, ain't the web amazing.
Posted on Jan 29, 2008
After trying all other recommendations to fix my "rejection of tapes" problem on my Canon ZR100, I did what one of the postings suggested (banged on the non-screen side of my camcorder) and it worked! My husband, who is a technician by trade, has suggested that if that is all it took to fix the problem, it is probably a cold solder joint due to poor manufacturing or a fractured solder joint, possibly due to dropping the camcorder, even on a carpeted floor. If you are technically-minded, you might want to try this fix on your own rather than send Canon the $150+ to service it for you. Thanks, villagidit, for your helpful insight.
Posted on Jan 22, 2008
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