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Tape Difficulties Only TDK tapes seem to work in this machine and we can't figure out why. We have tried other brands with no success.

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  • trudysmith Sep 11, 2008

    Sorry, when we try another brand it won't record. Doesn't seem to matter which brand we try. We are using 90 minute tapes.

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In order to provide any assistance or possible explanations, a little fmore info is required. When you state that other brands don't work, what happens? Also, what size of tapes are you using? 60Min, 90Min? Please post more details about what is and is not working and we'll try to help.

Thanks,
Dan

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  • ABRsvcs Sep 11, 2008

    Thsnka for the update. One more experiment of you can. Try just playing back another brand that has already been recorded. I suspect that it will play correctly. There is a lever that controls whether or not you can record located inside the unit. If you look at a tape there is a breakable tab that when removed effectively makes the tape unwritable. If the detection lever is out of alignment, perhaps the small differences in the tape housing is not letting the lever enable recording. I can't be sure if this is the problem without seeing the unit though. That is one possibility.



    Keep me posted.

    Dan

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