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After using approx 20% of a cassette while on vacation, I tried to view what I recorded upon returning home. I kept getting, and continue to get "Remove The Cassette" message even when inserting a brand new cassette, and am unable to view or record. Please advise.

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  • rredvet Aug 21, 2010

    Exactly, what is a PCB? Where is it located? Ribbon like connector? Opening it up, does this mean opening the cassette enclosure, or does it mean dismantling the video camera? Insulation on all ,the connectors, does this mean where all the cords plug into?

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This problem is caused by a loose ribbon like connector on the main PCB. When a friend of mine had this problem, I opened it up, unplugged and re-plugged all the connectors, re-assembled and turned it on. Worked like a charm for about 2 days when the problem re-appeared. So I have opened it up and put insulation tape on all the connectors and problem has not appeared ever since. Apparently this is a very common problem on canon camcorders. Some people even reported that bashing it fixed the problem!
http://www.fixya.com/support/t129385-remove_cassette_displays_when_put_in

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    eagle338 Aug 21, 2010

    Yes you have to dis-assemble the camera. The insulation tape is just to hold the connectors in place and prevent them from loosening. Its not an easy job but if you want to do it yourself, then I am here to see you through this.

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That said, if the player hasn't just had some sort of internal mechanical failure, I'd recommend opening it up and gently turning the tape capstains with your fingers to see if they'll move. Try turning the player on with the door open but no tape inside to see if anything even spins. If there's been a mechanical failure, you're likely out of luck - cassette tape decks these days are getting rarer. If you're lucky, perhaps a bit of tape or some other debris has jammed up one of the capstains. In that case, you may be able to clean it up and see if it works then. If you've gone through the tapes fairly quickly, I'd suggest just returning the unit (your credit card likely as not has warranty-extensions built in if it's close on the warranty).

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