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Cassette stuck in VCR

Wierd problem: I fast forwarded a tape to the end and it broke. OK, no big deal. But now I can't get the cassette out of the machine! I switch it on, it hums and whirs for a few seconds, ignoring commands to eject or rewind, and turns itself off again. I opened the cover, but can't find any way to get the cassette out manually (without the risk of breaking something). The broken tape is all around one wheel, and the other wheel just spins for a few seconds and then the machine turns itself off. Oh, this is a GPX VRC 9929Y, but I'd guess any solution would be a general one. Vienna

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  • Edward Stephenson Oct 28, 2006

    OK, believe it or not, after hours of trying to dislodge that cassette before posting the above, I succeeded just a few minutes *after* posting. But I still have a question, if anyone feels like answering. You'll have to be tolerant of my ignorance of technical matters and vocabulary.

    I had already noticed that when you start the VCR, vertical arms come out and press the tape against the head (that's the whole spinning wheel, right?). While checking out the eject function now, I noticed another vertical arm that comes out to the left: I figured that its purpose was to determine the presence of the tape, and not finding any, it turned the VCR off. I gently held that arm back as if a tape was blocking it, and lo and behold, the cassette ejected. The VCR is working OK now.

    My question: why does that turn the VCR off? Broken tapes are common enough, and it seems perverse to block the eject function because of that. The blocking caused the serious problem I was asking about. Why does it block? Is there some safety feature I'm not seeing? It certainly creates a terrible nuisance.



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You are almost on the right track. did you look where your finger was? what happened was you did not allow the blocking a photo sensor which mimicked the clear part of the tape and this caused the eject to take place. What was happening in your case was the arm would come fully out and the sensor would sense no tape so the VCR shut off in a trouble condition to prevent damage from ocurrin.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007

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    Henry McKelvey Oct 03, 2007

    The reason it turns off is because a broken tape emulates part of the end of tape sequence. Since the VCR senses part of the sequence and not the entire sequence it just shut off as opposed to ejecting. This prevents possible damage from occuring.



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