Question about RCA Video Cameras
This was manufactured in 1999 - this makes it at least 17 years old. If I were you, I would wish it a happy retirement, and replace it with a more up-to-date camcorder with better optics, a digital image capture system, and which is far lighter in weight and more portable.
Posted on Dec 14, 2016
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I am having the exact sam problem on my PV-GS14. Have you been able to resolve the problem? If you have, how were you able to get the tape out? Thanks
Posted on Nov 23, 2006
Same problem appears on another thread at fixya.com
villagidit posted a solution there that worked for me.
The same problem exists apparently on the ZR200 which is where villagidit found the solution.
Basically all it involves is thumping on the side opposite the display. I tried the thump once with no effect. I gave it two more thumps and the problem went away. Not really a solution. But it was satisfactory for me to be able to get the camcorder working long enough to transfer all my DV video onto DVDR..
Seems something comes loose in these Canon camcorders (presumably a connector of some sort.) There are 10 votes for this solution on the other thread as of 5/19/2008.
Posted on May 20, 2008
SOURCE: Tape problem, Elura 100
I called the factory and they said to send it in for evaluation. While packing it up, I dropped it and lo and behold it started working. Even though it started working, I decided to send it in to the factory and they found something "loose" inside and repaired it at no charge.
Posted on Nov 19, 2008
I have managed to eject my tape by powering 4.5 V the little motor which drives the eject mechanism.
Problem is that you have to dismantle half the camera to do this (be very careful with the flexy wires they are fragile) and I wouldnt' do it without the service manual.
Posted on Dec 24, 2008
Canon ES series camcorder was designed with 1000 hour capacitors on the processor boards. When the time comes these capaictors loose value and create problems for the main computer to communicate with other mechanical system in the camcorder. We were able to service well 7 years ago but the life of these component has aged too much to make it good anymore. I wish I have a better news for you but the success repair on 'ES model is very slim and if repaired, the labor charge may run many times over of the value of this camcorder. You can probably obtain a newer used camcorder at decent price and get all you tapes into DVD quick. Good luck -James
Posted on Mar 27, 2009
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