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Canon ZR85 camcorder won't turn on

My camcorder won't turn on. It won't charge or eject tapes either. Both batteries I have were charged to. Any help would be appreciated

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  • jr07630 May 11, 2008

    I have the same problem. should it break it apart to get the tape out?

  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2008

    My ZR85 will not come on at all,not ejecting tapes wont charge. I have even tried a different battery. I want to get the tape out. Is there a manual way to eject the tape.

  • cblunt Jul 03, 2008

    Having the exact same problem. The camera won't turn on, tape won't eject, lithum battery has been replace, and camera won't turn on even when plugged.

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Steps for removing the tape from a totally dead ZR85:
1. Turn camera upside down.
2. Move "Open/Eject" button to full right position (toward lens).
3. Manually push tape door open.
4. On the metal surface that sits between you and the tape, there is a very small screw. There is probably a yellow sticker next to the screw that says "Do not press on this part". With a small jewelry phillips screwdriver, remove that screw.
5. Push the metal plate (with tape) in the direction ofr the door and lift slightly. The metal assembly holding the tape comes loose, exposing the top of the tape.
6. Pull the tape upwards (out of the camera). At this point, the tape will still be engaged in the play heads. With the cartridge out far enough to see the heads, reach in with your jewelry screw driver and carefully lift the tape over the heads, and free from the camera.
7. Use the eraser on the end of a pencil to wind your tape back into the cartridge.
8. When re-assembling the mechanism in the camera, there are two curved slots on both sides of the piece you took loose. You'll need to thread these onto two posts inside before you place the top back in position and put the screw back in.

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