Question about Canon ZR600 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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The camera is not showing a picture on the camcorder screen or tv when trying to play in play mode. It ate a tape when I tried to play back a video. I took out the tape, fixed the tape and then tried a different tape. The tape worked on the camcorder screen and the tv so I tried the first tape again and only a blue screen showed. So I again tried the tape that had worked and now it will not work. I tried a couple other tapes with recorded material and none of them will work. The camcorder screen shows that the tape is playing and it sounds like its playing, fast forwarding and rewinding. The camcorder screen shows the minutes remaining on each of the different tapes and I checked to make sure that the tapes really are moving forward and backward. If I put the camcorder in record mode it shows the picture that I am trying to take and says that it is recording but I do not know if it is really working because the play back mode will not work. Any ideas?

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This is most likely caused by a damaged or misaligned video drum and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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