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Won't power with AC or Battery...no charging light...how can I get tape out.

The power for Canon video camcorder ZR85 does not turn on. with batter or AC power does not turn on at all. How can I get the tape out?

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  • VINNIE_ZZ Aug 23, 2008

    My ZR85 five won't power up with Battery or power cord. I replaced both and it still won't turn on.

  • sport2 Mar 08, 2009

    The ZR85 will not turn on with battery or on ac. Please help solve this!

  • the bookie Mar 26, 2009

    Same with mine! Replaced internal and external batteries, no blinking light or any activity when plugged into the wall.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    Battery won't charge and ZR85 won't power on when plugged in.

  • fetterjohn Apr 14, 2009

    Mine too. I replaced the LI-Ion battery and the CR1616 battery. My wife is having our second baby soon and I would like some help to fix this thing! Thank you...

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ZR85 WILL NOT TURN ON WIT OR WITHOUT BATTERY?

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