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I have a canon zr850 camcorder that doesn't seem to record or playback from tape...it turns on and seems fine but when I record on a tape it shows it's recording but nothing plays back. I tried using the same tape to playback on another camcorder and nothing shows up as if the Canon didn't record to the tape...I tried the other way around recording from the other cam and tried playing it back it doesn't work on the Canon...so right now it wont play back or record though it seems fine The only possible problem it shows on the screen is a flashing little icon on the bottom right but am not sure what it is or how to get rid of it...it looks like a rectangle with a line through it and some sort of arrow on top

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You could have a bad head on the unit, or some other problem, which could involve many possibilities. The unit will have to be troubleshot, and then you will know what it will cost to restore operation. Often, it's just better to get another one off Ebay, or some other outlet.
Looked on the net for answers to this problem, but they said things like "take the batteries out for a couple hours", and things of that nature.
You could run it by a local camera repair shop, and see what they think. Hopefully, they'll know a cheap fix for it, and get it going again.
Good luck, and hope this helps.

Posted on Jan 04, 2011

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