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Canon ZR850 won't accept tape

My camcorder will not let me insert a tape. When trying, it beeps and the screen says "remove cassette tape." The instruction manual says to take the tape out and reinsert it. I have tried this several times, and the camcorder will still not accept the tape. I would appreciate any help getting this to work. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    My camcorder will not let me insert a tape. When trying, it beeps and
    the screen says "remove cassette tape." The instruction manual says to
    take the tape out and reinsert it. I have tried this several times, and
    the camcorder will still not accept the tape. I would appreciate any
    help getting this to work. Thanks!

  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    the camcorder beeps when I insert the tape and says "remove the cassette now". I've also tried removing the tape and reinserting it, but it doesn't help.

  • massantiago Feb 12, 2009

    My camera kept giving me the message to "remove the tape" from the camera. I would remove the tape but the same message would keep appearing. Now it beeps and won't even let me put the tape into the camera. Help?

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Ok what you do is take the batery pack out and hit the camera there/
if it dont work try again

Posted on Apr 21, 2010

  • lynnorm Mar 03, 2011

    I actually tried this, and it worked. I removed the battery and tapped a few time underneath where the battery is attached. It ejected the first time. Great tip.

  • pascale_greg
    pascale_greg Jul 07, 2012

    Funny as it sounded, this worked. Thanks for posting!

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