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When 8mm tape is inserted I get an immediate "alarm" display

After working perfectly my long time, used unit is showing the word "alarm" as soon as a 8 mm tape is inserted. It will neither play nor fast forward or reverse. I looked in the manual and there is no reference to this. thanks, Mark

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Re: when 8mm tape is inserted I get an immediate "alarm"...

I had a problem with my 8mm drive where it could not reliably play, rw, ff, or eject tapes. The problem was the capstan motor. This is the motor to the right of the playback head of the deck that drives the tape forward and backward. It is flat and about 1.25" in diameter. The problem with the motor was that the metalized coating around the magnet had delaminated and was hitting the stator windings. At first I could manually move the motor with my finger in either direction with no detectable drag or friction but as time went on, the motor became worse and worse to the point that it would snag and only go in one direction. At this point I knew my problem was the motor and not an electrical problem.

The fix was relatively simple. I removed the 8mm deck from the unit and then removed the capstan motor by flipping the deck over and removing the three screws retaining it. Also disconnected the flex cable from the motor to the deck circuit board. The connector is on the bottom of the board. Just pull it gently upwards away from the board.

The rotor of the capstan motor can be removed by carefully removing the plastic drive gear from the motor shaft by forcing off the shaft. Then lift the rotor off the stator assembly. It will take a little but of force to remove the rotor due to the magnetic attraction of the rotator to the stator. Once removed, the problem in my case was obvious. Large pieces of the metallic coating of the rotor were peeling off and hitting the stator.

To remedy the situation, I peeled all the coating off and then used adhesive tape to capture all the loose metal filings that were attached to the magnet face. I kept applying and removing fresh tape until all the filing dust was removed. Once clean, I used a light coat of finger nail polish on the now exposed and cleaned magnet surface to act as a (small) protective barrier.

Reassemble everything in reverse order. When done, my deck worked great.

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Re: when 8mm tape is inserted I get an immediate "alarm"...

Is this a player or a camcorder?
Being a long time used unit it probably needs its rubber parts serviced which is consistant with your problem.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007

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