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When the mechanism is damaged the VCR will attempt to play and then shut itself down to prevent any further damage. If you remove the top cover and look around inside you will probably find the cause of the failure.
When a VCR encounters a mechanical problem, the electronics will stop playback and shut it down. I suspect that fault has developed in the mechanism and that the tape becomes jammed. The only way to find out it to take off the top cover and watch what happens when the video tape is played.
Does the VCR shut its self off after you press play or is it just not showing on your TV? I have an older model TV and I have to put it on and AUX channel by pressing input on the remote then I am able to play any VHS. If it is your VCR that won't let you even press play then it may need to be cleaned or repaired.
My Panasonic pv-4661 does not rewind, play nor forward a tape, it says it is locked. Any suggestions? I have tried pressing the stop button for 10 second, also tried pressing the power button for five seconds. No solution... Any suggestions will be appreciated.
The problem is not with your TV. I have had this problem as well and the older the VCR gets the harder it is for it to turn the tape. Does your VCR react the same way with other tapes? Try Fastforwarding the tape about halfway and then test it again.
1. Set tv to channel 4
2. insert a pre-recorded tape into vcr.
3.press play once to start playback.
4. after a few seconds press play on the vcr for 3 sec you will see a playback picture.
when a picture doesn't appear on the tv screen repeat step 4.
5. press stop to stop playback.