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Canon zr300 ejects tapes

My canon zr300 mini dv camcorder keeps ejecting tapes, can't get a tape in to record or anything My Canon ZR300 video camera is having the same problem. It just started two weeks ago. When I insert a tape and try to close the lid it beeps and says "remove the cassette" and the lid will not close all the way. I tried a newly charged battery and a new tape several times and it still has the error. The manual said something about a camera malfunction and this message is to protect the tape.  I was hoping I would be able to troubleshoot without having to send in for service but I have not seen any posted solution.

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  • socalval May 28, 2008

    May, 28 - I just tried the below solution today and it worked !!!










    ericemartin

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    There is a fix for this which was posted for either the ZR 200 or 400. They call it the "Fonzie" fix. Just hit the camcorder with your fist on the side where the tape goes in (with the door closed). Hit it lightly once, try inserting the tape. Repeat this process with increasing force each time until this works. 

    Surprisingly, this worked for me. Obviously, there must be something loose for this type of solution to work. I actually had it working once, then it acted up again. I tried the same solution and it's working again. No problems for several days now.



  • Anonymous Jul 06, 2008

    Wow.....it worked. Thought I was going to have to buy a new one..............

  • issamart Aug 01, 2008

    camera will not record..it displays a message that>:
    tape is in erasable preventive mode..


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Hi guys,

Thank you very much for this solution posting. Really it worked. I was about to buy another one instead of fixing the problem. Because you know how the pain is, to send it factory and getting it repaired.

Once again Thank you.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

  • bluedogvan Oct 23, 2010

    I CANNOT believe it, but that worked. I have messed around with this camera for 4 months trying to figure out why all of a sudden it wouldnt take a tape. THANKS!

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Wholey ****!!! that actually worked!!! I tried tapping it once or twice with no avail, then I punced it 5 or six times and it worked!!! lol.

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Wow! The "Fonzie" method really did work for me too! I put my camcorder on my bed with the tape enclosure (closed) facing me and I gave it a good whack with my fist. I turned it on and it accepted the tape. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

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Just wanted to add one more testament to the fact that this actually worked.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

This absolutely worked, my husband can't believe I was able to fix it!!!

Posted on Nov 09, 2008

Holy ****! it worked....right before we were gonna throw it out the window...dont know how well that would of worked?!

Posted on Sep 25, 2008

Worked for me

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

I cannot believe this but it does work

Posted on Sep 04, 2008

I had the same problem for a while, i was about to send mine in to be repaired, but i tried this, and the tape has loaded

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I just had the same problem and tried the solution, it worked!

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