Question about Canon ZR300 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
My canon zr300 mini dv camcorder keeps ejecting tapes, can't get a tape in to record or anything
Same problem - the compartment will close if there is no tape in it, but will not take the tape down in to the camera whenever I place a tape in it (tried several tapes). When I place a tape in the cassette compartment and push it closed, the tape will make some humming noise, but will not attempt to take the tape down in to the camera body; then it will eject the tape.
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.
Posted on Mar 24, 2008
Wow it took a couple of hits, but the Fonzie fix worked for mine too. Ridiculous
Posted on Mar 04, 2010
Unbelievable!!! I'm so happy this really worked!!! My Canon ZR100 is working now! The tech support at canon told me to get a head cleaner! Waste of money and time! The Fonzie method worked! Aaaaaaa! Thumbs up to whoever discovered this technique. It makes me laugh!
Posted on Aug 21, 2009
Awsome Solution. Thanks folks.. it really worked on mine
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
I just tried the "Fonzie" fix in my ZR300 and my camera now works - cassette compartment closes all the way now with the tape inserted. It just took one "hit" to fix the prolem. I was surprised. But ericemartin's solution is worth a try.
Posted on May 28, 2008
Another happy fonzie solution with a few good whacks on the side of the camera. Gotta love it! thanks all.
Posted on Apr 01, 2012
YUP, IT DOES WORK!!! I discovered this by getting pissed-off! LOL Done it 2x's now! Just hope it doesn't stop solving the problem.
Posted on Apr 05, 2010
SOURCE: Canon zr300 ejects tapes
The solution for this required sending it to Canon factory service. I was very reluctant to do this because I've heard horror stories about Canon service, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. The total cost was only about $65 and the shipping and service turn around time was amazingly fast. I was expecting weeks to go by. If memory serves me right I shipped it and received it back in less than 2 weeks.
This is a known problem with Canon and would be covered under warranty if your time hasn't run out.
Posted on Sep 25, 2008
Try ejecting cassette whilst powered from AC Adaptor. Secondly, try operating Eject from powered off mode. If operation LED starts flashing after any of these attempts, the mechanism is probably jammed or has become mis-timed. Unfortunately this requires professional intervention to avoid further damage to your equipment.
I hope this information is of assistance!
Posted on Jan 01, 2010
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