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Canon ZR100 cassette compartment won't open

I have a Canon ZR100. When I slide the eject button, I am able to open the outer casing without difficulty. However, the inside black and silver compartment will not open. There is no tape inside. The camera powers on without difficulty. There is no sound of motors whirring or anything. Is there a way to open this thing, or a dismantling guide somewhere?

Thank you,
~Kim

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  • kimdembrosky Jul 06, 2008

    Hi Bubbabear,

    Even if the camcorder is plugged in, there is no sound if I try to eject it. The camcorder will turn on, however. Could it be the smaller, watch-type battery needs replacing?


  • kimdembrosky Jul 06, 2008

    Hi!

    That makes sense. I tried opening the plastic door as far as I could. It does seem to be open as much as it's supposed to be, however, nothing happens. This mechanism...which side of the lid is it on? Is it something I could poke at with something to get it to open? (I'm all for dismantling this thing if I need to)

    ~Kim


  • kimdembrosky Jul 06, 2008

    Ok, thank you for the suggestions. I'll see what they can do.

    ~Kim


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Ok so my tape inside broke and i spent some time tinkering around with it.

step 1: take the extremely small screw out from the top. VERY SMAL!!! hehe

step 2: with some strength behind it, try to slide the cover that the screw held on off the top and thatlets the cassette tray come out...

now when i put a new cassette in, it will close, but will eject it after it thinks if it will accept the tape or not... i think its just being retarded... tried the tapping thing - didnt work... im thinking of dropping it out the second floor and trying afterwards...

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Usually a chime happens when you open the plastic cover just before it opens. If you plug it into the electrical outlet does it eject that way?

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    Tim Babcock Jul 06, 2008

    The watch battery is only used for the date and time.



    I know Cannon is tight about releasing the service manuals for this but I have an idea.



    The eject mechanism is engage by a switch located in the lower hinge section of the lid.



    What happens if you pull the plastic door back further?



  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jul 06, 2008

    Looks like its built into the hinge. If you rock it back and forth you should be able to feel the resistance. If there isn't any resistance it probably wont engage.



    You could try taking it to Best Buy and see if the Geek Squad will have a quick fix for it.

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