I was rewinding old tapes to see what was on them to then transfer to VHS, 3 of the tapes played back black and the sound cut out after about 3 secs. The last tape that I tried was my daughters naming ceremony Grrrr, now the tape is stuck in the camera and I do not want to pull it out incase the tape breaks or pulls.
Please help, I am in the Cairns area if anyone knows of a repairer.
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I had this problem when copying an old family vhs tape. I had to unscrew
the top of the magnavox to access the vhs tape. Then, I gently removed
the tape and replaced the cover. After winding the tape back, I put it
in the player and immediately pushed fast forward for about 3 seconds
before hitting play followed by d.dubbing. I was able to make a copy of
the tape and did not damage my original.
This may be caused by a faulty adapter. 1. try playing in the camera. 2. try a different tape. 3. try a different adapter.99% this is a problem with the adapter or the tape. It really sounds like the tape isn't turning freely, which can be caused by a brake sticking, or spindle in the tape or adapter.
Hi, the problem is the tape has got chewed up inside the video the only way your going to get it out is by taking the case of but dont do this whilst its plugged in.
you need to take the tape off and you may have to cut the tape so you can put the case back on and switch it on so the tape will eject, you need to get what ever is keeping it stuck free, the chances are the tape has got chewed up around the drive and this will need cutting free to allow the tape to come out.
let me know if you need further assistance ok
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you could try fast forwarding a bit or rewinding a bit then try ejecting but failing that your going to need to take the case off to free the tape
I know this problem---you put a damaged video tape into the unit---it blocked the video heads up----after they are blocked they will not play back a picture. First: return the suspect tape. Second: you have 2 choices to restore playback on the 3 units. A cleaning tape "may" clear it up but is not a good idea. I usually cleaned these units(yes I am that old that I worked on a lot of them) with a cleaning wand with denatured alcohol--do not use a Q-tip. With the cover removed wipe gently across the heads--they look like razor blades and if it is a four head unit there will be two or more openings in the round chrome drum in the middle of the mechanism-----any shop can open and clean the heads in about 5 minutes each---most shops no longer work on these--I rarely use mine anymore. The cleaning wand has Chammois like a car uses for cleaning up water(Sheep gut).
You could buy one at Radio Shack and some denatured alcohol at home depot---only wipe across the heads--not up and down on them. Look for any black debris on the drum--tape residue-- any black residue will make the tape ride away from the drum.
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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.
I work at the History Channel and have a VHS that had the same troubles. I need it desperately for the show I am working on. I tapped it on a table fast forwarded it and presto! Tape fixed, crisis averted. Thank you, Thank you, thank you.
The idler wheel (that only drives the tape in play or scan modes) is
slipping too much (very common problem). Try verify this by
putting the tape in play then immediately press the fast fwd or rewind
buttons to scan the tape. On older machines, the idlers used
rubber friction tires - on newer ones, a clutch. Either replace
the tire or increase the spring tension on the clutch.
Hope Ya Fix It.
I'm guessing the "black thing in side" is referring to the actual tape itself- ribbon like which can be spooled out of the tape case.
If so, then your VCR may have a mechanical problem of some sort, which results in a "no tape transport" or "no tape takeup" problem. If the latter, the right reel (takeup reel) is not being driven. Older VCRs often used a small rubber rimmed drive mechanism to drive this reel. Newer VCRs (10 years old or less) pretty much use a gear drive. Something may be broken here, or perhaps the gear is stuck. This gear assembly has to swivel back and forth, from left for rewind, to right for takeup or fast-forward. Unfortunately, you can't see the gear once the tape is in the machine, at least not from the topside.
Suggestion: Take the top cover of VCR off, look for this gear, and see if it swivels freely, look for broken gear teeth.
Does the machine play tapes well? Clear steady picture and all? No tracking bars? wavering sound?
Tape chewing is generally a problem with a bad Capstan Pinch Roller, Associated symptoms are as above.
Please do recheck or confirm if any of the above problems are also present.