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"Remove Cassette" message

My GL2 records fine, but when I switck to play back mode and hit play, it gives me the "Remove Cassette" message

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I doubt it is something in the settings. Step 1: The tape may be causing the camera to "reject" it. In other words, it thinks there is something wrong with the tape so it is warning you with the error message. Perhaps the cassette has been damaged slightly. This error can also happen when the tape has been used often or taped over a few times. MiniDV tapes are not media that can be recorded over and over again. Solution: Try using a new tape. 2. The camera may need to be cleaned. The recording heads may be dirty and it doesn't matter what tape is placed in there. Solution: Purchase a cleaning tape from a consumer electronics store. Make sure you read the directions very carefully. These are cheap fixes. If it works, great. It would also be good to know what it CAN do. Does it play in the VCR mode? Does it record? And can you view it in the VCR mode? Has it changed in any other way, i.e. is it making a strange noise when it starts to rewind, when before it didn't? Let me know how it goes.

Posted on Jun 30, 2007

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Ihatecanon, Tried the steps you provided above with no luck. Then decided to gently smack the camera twice on the right-top side of the tape compartment. It freaking worked the first time. Got this idea by watching Eric Cartman on South Park... No, really. I read about this in another forum. It's a quick $150 back in your pocket. Just think. You sent the camera to their tech guys and paid them 150 to SMACK-IT :)

Posted on Sep 29, 2007

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Posted on May 13, 2008

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SMACK THE CAMERA ON EITHER SIDE REAL HARD
? what does it mean plz?
can you explain for me plz?!!

Posted on Apr 23, 2010

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Issue: "Remove the Cassette" message in LCD
Solution: Remove cassette and reload and/or try a new tape

Remove cassette and reload and/or try a new tape ---
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/camcorders/professional_camcorders/gl2#ServiceAndSupport

Posted on Jul 24, 2010

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