I had the same problem with my ZR200. It would not accept the tape, even a new one. I happened on this site and read about 20 comments from people who had the same problem. They all solved it the same way. You close camera's LCD screen and turn that side face down. Next you place your left hand under that side, close your right fist and gently slap the top side(cassette side) of the camera with the bottom of your fist. It worked for me the first time and now works GREAT! I had called a repair shop who told me to bring it in for repair and then I was looking on the internet for a replacement camera when I happened upon this site. Yes, I do believe in miracles! Good Luck.
What happened with my camera just all of a sudden happened, and it would not allow me to even put in my tape. I would put it in and close the door but it wouldn't **** in or load, just said "eject cassette" i tried different tapes but nothing worked until i tried slapping it. It then was able to pull the tape in all the way and try to read it, but then i started to hear this revving sound, like a motorcycle engine. and tried the slap again, but nothing was happening. When i tried to play the tape i could see a quick flash of video, about a 1/8 of a second, which i thought could be another problem. I also tried the reset, where you take off the battery pack and the reserve battery, then toggle from vcr to play then to off, and still didn't see any results. About to give up, i tried smacking it and praying, and after a few more hits the camera started working again. I'm not sure if it was God or the fact that i just hit it one more time but it worked that time. From what i read on forums around the internet, the "slap" technique helps jar mechanisms that become stuck over time.
Close the tape area (empty) and slap the tape side of the cassette a few time and then try. If not, repeat. (I found this on another thread & it works!). It tooks slapping it two rounds, but it worked for us!
All I can say is that it works! I teach at a high school and I just fixed 3 cameras with the "hit the camera" technique. It seems to work on various Canon cameras. The Cameras I fixed were the ZR500 and Elura 65. Very Bizarre. Sometimes you have to keep thumping it. One camera took 7 tries.
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ELECTRO MED SERVICES is partially correct with his answer but I'm pretty sure it's not going to be that complicated. First unplug the unit remove the cover and use 90% isopropal alcohol on a cotton swab or q-tip and clean off all of the metal pins that stick up and ride against the tape while it plays, then clean off the big rubber roller that pinches the tape to pull the tape at the correct speed. this is where most often the problem lies. the tape will get sticky and will bind up slightly. Then a there's a sensor on the left side that puts tension on the tape, if that sensor feels the tape is being pulled to hard and has no slack it will shut the player down and eject the tape. Another thing try another tape, that tape may have some hard rolling hubs or spindles. You can also try fast forwarding the tape to the end and then rewind it to make sure its not just rewound with something rubbing inside the tape case it's self. Sometimes the tape case will get deformed over years and it will rub on the tape spools inside and it will cause that sensor to trip when the tape starts to become hard to pull through the player. Also you can clean the big silver head but be careful no make sure you leave no residue on it. look at it with a magnifiying glass to make sure it's cleaned and free of any residue. 1 last thing that happens also is the automatic tape head cleaner will act up and cause problems, you can easily just remove that from the player and see if thats the culprit.
You can check tape player for any type of object lodged in it. Maybe unplug and turn upside down to here anything inside. Or even any broken tape that come off inside. The only other thing is that the belts inside are worn and will not put device back in play mode.
Yes, many ideas. The deck has to be opened up and unplugged, then look at why the mechanism will not cycle properly. It is most often a rubber belt that is too loose and taking the unit apart enough to get a new belt in is what is needed. To release the tape rotate the pulley by hand until the head base goes down and the door will allow eject to happen. DO NOT force the mechanism- if it gives resistance at some point go the other way and see if that releases the head base. There are all kinds of different systems that have different cam positions.
while the eject process is trying to happen remove the battery and replace it. keep initiating the eject process and removing the battery and it should finally eject. If you attempt to use the camera again put in a new tape so you don't lose a tape that contains footage you may want to save.
I had a suggestion that did work. Reach into the VHS compartment with left hand and press down toward the back of the tape. With the right hand press the eject button a few times and the tape did come out. I would not buy a Samsung product again. No help from their 800 tech support. No more playing the VHS side of the player. Lynn
In case anybody read this.... I have a GS-36 that would not eject the tape. I removed all the screws from the bottom and pulled the bottom plate off. Then I fidgeted with the mechanism near the eject button towards the front of the camera. In my case it had just become stuck and needed to be gently pried open. Tested it a bunch of times with tape - seems to be o.k.!
A similar thing happened to me - I took it to panasonic service centre to fix and unbelievably the problem was that the HAND STRAP was quite tight (I have small hands and set it snug) and prevented the door from openeing just another milimetre more, and thus caused the carriage to 'jam'. Loosening the hand strap and opening the door allowed the tape carriage to move properly again. This was a great relief (although I still had to replace the carriage mechanism a few months later.....due to reset button message)