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Video does not play

I have just bought a second hand VCR and I tried it before buying and it appeared to work perfectly. When I got home however (only an hour later) and tried it it will now not do anything except accept and eject tapes, ie. will not play, rewind etc. I'm wondering if the Pro-Tect Plus feature is turned on, but I didn't turn it on because I don't have the remote and neither did the previous owner so I am puzzled.

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Re: Video does not play

Open the bottom cover see if this unit uses any belts The ones that would cause this problem if it uses belts would be the two smaller ones close to gether

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My VCR won't play my movies! The tapes are fine its just when I put the tape in it just shows a scraggly screen. Everything is plugged in but my movies won't play. What do I do?

If the vcr is running the tape, your video head is probably dirty, try using a cleaning tape if you have one. The second option is use a brand new blank tape T120 and set the the machine to sp speed (2hr running time) and let the tape run the full course. The third option is to remove the lid of the vcr and carefully clean the video head with a swab dipped in rubbing alcohol rotating the head by hand as you proceed allowing several minutes to dry before loading your tape.

Dec 21, 2010 | Sharp VC-H810U VHS VCR

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I have just bought a second hand good condition Phillips VR Video Machine. I can play tapes, eject, reverse and forward on the machine itself, but the I can't track, get menu, reverse, forward or play...

The chances are that the person who supplied it to you gave you a Phillips remote for another VCR. Many makers remotes will work parts of a different model of the same firm, but only the true remote will operate ALL functions.
If you have the user manual check to see if it list the part number of the remote. If you don't have it look around the net for Philips VR630 remote. See if it matches yours. If it doesn't you will have to replace it.

Nov 01, 2010 | Philips VR630 VHS VCR

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Older TV works great alone including sound. Cable TV but no box. VCR connected with cables (red,white and yellow)to TV and has worked fine. Playing home recorded VCR tape picture OK but sound is low and...

Very likely the VCR audio head is dirty which will give you muffled or low sound on play. Remove the the top cover & using a piece of non-abrasive cleaning cloth & a head cleaning fluid gently rub the audio head to clean it. The audio stack sits to the right hand side of the deck, it is usually a siler block which will be placed in front of a black roller. The head is on the side of the stack facing toward you, give this area a wipe, try a fresh recording & then replay the new recording to see if the sound has improved.

Aug 16, 2009 | Memorex VCRs

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VCR ejects blank tape only

It sounds like the cassette is not releasing the tape so the machine can put it around the heads. This could damage the machine. Don't use it. A two dollar tape is not worth damaging your vcr. Throw it away.

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Get thee back to the store. You have a defective TU reel sensor..accordianman

Feb 16, 2008 | Philips VR550 VHS VCR

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DVD/VCR combo

it could be the tape has dirt on it and it tranfers to the head of your vcr. take it apart and play a vhs take q-tip and hold it on the head, dont push to hard use alcohol and the vid should start to clear up just dont use alot of alcohol or get it to wet

Jan 22, 2008 | Sony SLV-940HF VCR

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Vr540 philips

Error 2 and error 3 and error 4 are tech codes.
and if your unit won't reset, you can take it to your local
electronic repair shop. I had error 3 on my Phillips,
and he went to the PM webpage,researched it, and fixed it perfectly for $39.00 total. STILL WORKING!
He said it was some little thing to replace that took him 15 minutes.
If you don't want to buy one of the REALLY cheaply made vcrs or DVD/vcr combos that are out now, it worth a little phone time to find
an electronics repair shop. Or the new DVD recorders with vcr combos are very good, but sturdy ones are expensive.

Dec 25, 2007 | Philips VR540 VHS VCR

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Shuts down after 8 seconds of play.

Does the tape hang out when you eject the cassette?
8 seconds is about the time that the VCR brain allows the mechanism to run when there is a problem before shuting down. Just guessing from the model number, but I'd say the unit needs a belt job.

Dec 24, 2007 | VCRs

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Tracking problem

Suggestions: 1. Do a "reset" by unplugging VCR for 30 seconds or so. Doubtful to fix- but worth a try. 2. Pull the top cover, load a tape and play. Does the tape seem to wander up and down across the video or control heads? If so, this is a mechanical problem- perhaps a tape guide is broken. 3. Electronic problem: If this is the case, probably trash the unit unless unit is a high dollar ($250 or up). VCRs (like most other consumer electronics) are throw away items these days.

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