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Vhs modle 88 tape is stuck in the recorder. recorder does not respond . it soes turn on and off.

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  • hiho2 Oct 01, 2008

    I hope I understand what you are saying. the model # is 88. the tape is stuck in the unit. hitting the eject button does nothing it will not play. when I push the on button I hear a humm like it is trying to run an then it stop.

  • hiho2 Oct 01, 2008

    I'm sorry I thought you knew the brand name it is a memorex model 88 video recorder.

  • hiho2 Oct 01, 2008

    i have tired everthing all the gears a like lockup nothing turns for me like I said before when I turn it on it starts to turn the tape but stop and powers down

  • hiho2 Oct 03, 2008

    I have tried releasing the tape but nothing seem to work . I removed all covers and have found nothing that helps.

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There are only two solutions to this:

1 Remove the screws at the base, and sometimes at the back of the unit, remove cover and access the tape inside, removing it. You may need to clean VHS heads after this.

2 Grab the manual and call the phone number listed on the user manual to get a repairman, or try calling : 954.660.7000 or contact Memorex hereby inserting the model number.

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You need to open the unit to fix the problem. Usually there are 4 screws to remove to get the cover out. The right ones are indicated with and arrow. After that simply remove the tape.

Posted on Oct 02, 2008

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    Pablo Csaky Oct 03, 2008

    Take a look onto a loading deck, must be locked, try to unlocked carefully. Unplugg your unit to do that and obviusly take out the cover.

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    Pablo Csaky Oct 03, 2008

    If you still can not release the tape, take the unit to the service.

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Removing the power cord and slightly tapping the sides of the unit may work if it is because of any dust blockage.

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you will have to open the unit slowly to make it work perfectly as its stuck.you can do it manually but taking it to the technician is much advisable,as disassembling the device is much easy then re fitting the device.still you can try it your self.

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

  • tech gurus Oct 01, 2008

    it is much advisable to take it to the repair center as nothing is broken but the device has to be disassembled and then it could be removed from that mode.just the servicing and cleaning is required.and it will not cost you more then his service charge.as if you yourself try to disassemble something could get breaked it will create more problem.

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The only way that you can take the tape out on this unit is to unplug it from the power supply and you need to open the actual unit and remove the tape from there....

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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    Mark Gil Oct 03, 2008

    So you still cannot remove the atep that is stuck on it? if you still cannot remove it you will need to take unit apart and check for any broken parts....

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First, see if the VCR just got into a confused state - pull the plug and patiently wait a minute or two. This may reset the microcontroller and all will be well. These things happen.

If this is not successful, you will need to open up the VCR (unplug it first!) and attempt to cycle the mechanisms by hand. Probably both top and bottom covers will need to be removed. The following procedures assume that there are no broken parts, foreign objects, or other damage which might prevent manual cycling of the tape loading and cassette loading mechanism. (Inspect for toys and rocks.) Also note that some VCR designs use solenoids to engage various operations. This will complicate your task (to put it mildly) as locating and activating the proper ones at the appropriate time is, well, a treat.

1. Tape unloading: The first step is to determine if the tape has been unloaded from the video head drum back into the cassette. If the tape is fully retracted into the cassette - there is no tape showing, then go on to step (2). If not, you will need to figure out which shaft or pulley to turn to unload the tape. Trace the linkage or gears that move the roller guides back to their motor - it may be the main capstan motor or a separate small motor used only for this purpose. Rotate this in the direction which moves the roller guides back towards the cassette. It will take many revolutions - be persistent. If you feel any significant resistance or the roller guides move out toward the drum, turn the other way. The tape is fully unloaded when the roller guides are all the way into the cassette and the tape is straight across the cassette's stationary guideposts.

If a single motor performs both the tape loading and cassette loading functions, stop turning as soon as you see the cassette start to rise and read the next section before proceeding.

If you are not fully successful or if there is still a tape loop outside the cassette even once you have been turning for what seems to be an eternity, you can still try to eject the cassette but will need to be extra careful not to crinkle the tape as the cassette door closes with the tape sticking out. Before proceeding on in this case, try to find a way to turn one of the reels to pull that tape back in as this will make your task a lot easier. There may be an idler that swings between the two reels and this may be accessible from the bottom (the cassette will block it on top).

2. Cassette unloading. Once the tape is fully retracted into the cassette, the cassette can be ejected safely. If a tape loop is still sticking out of the cassette - and you care about the recording - you will need to be especially careful not to crinkle the tape as the cassette door closes. It is usually not possible to get the cassette fully out without its door closing, so the best you can do is to make sure when this happens, the tape is flat across the gap. With care, it should survive.

On a top loader, there is usually a solenoid specifically for EJECT or a simple mechanical pushbutton. Once the appropriate lever is pressed, the cassette should pop up - hold the basket with one hand as you do this to prevent any exposed tape loop from being crinkled.

On a front loader, locate the cassette loading motor and begin turning it in the appropriate direction - this will be fairly obvious assuming there are no broken gear teeth or other broken parts and that something isn't totally jammed. If this is the main capstan motor, then just continue turning as in (1). Eventually the cassette should raise up and out.

As above, applying external low voltage power (6 to 12 VDC) to the motor *after* disconnecting it is an alternative if you cannot gain access to its shaft to turn it by hand.

If you have a tape loop, be extra careful not to catch it on any guideposts or obstructions as you remove the cassette. Then, wind it back into the cassette by turning one of the reels (you may have to depress the release button on the bottom of the cassette with a pencil - this is the small hole in the center near the label side.)

And in some cases, just turning the VCR upside-down and gently easing the cassette out will work. But as noted, don't force anything.

Assuming the tape is not torn and not badly crinkled, it should be fine. If it is severely damaged, refer to the section: Recovering damaged or broken tapes.

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Since you have not provided the brand details i am posting you a general solution .

The pinch roller takes up the slack and is usually the part that fails first because it constantly runs along the tape and builds a coating on the rubber so it doesnot grip the tape and pull it back into the cassette. If its not pulling the tape back in then it hangs up inside and you cant get the tape out. Fastforward uses the reels to pull the tape not so much the roller.

Try and stop 2 times then fast forward then eject the tape. Try and eject the tape while its fastforwarding so it doesnot do anything else.

Sometimes machines will unload after its been in fastforward a while then it will eject. You will hear a change in the sound when it unloads, you can hear the mechanical arms move the tape in and out of the cassette. Thats when you eject it.


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Hi, Could you please provide us the recorder model ?
thanks,

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

  • Karthik P Oct 01, 2008

    Assuming it has a VHS player, if the tape is stuck. You need to open the player, manually remove the tape.


    I guess the system is turning on and off because the tape is stuck.


    or 
    If you mean that the tape is inside the player (not stuck) and is not coming out, 


    It is a electronic problem. Get it to a technician to fix it.


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