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Flashing '2' or '1' or '4' when I try and play a tape

Hi, I've been trying to play tapes on our Philips VCR but it won't work. The connection VCR to TV is fine but when I put in a tape instead of playing it goes straight to grey fuzz on the screen, the VCR seems to turn itself off because you don't get response to any buttons being pushed and the display flashes a number - usually 2, but also 1 or 4. The only button that will respond after that is the standby button - if you press that it goes back to PO1 etc. on the display (showing what's on TV) and the tape ejects. One tape I tried seemed to try and play for a few seconds but all there was were grey squiggles on the screen and no sound. Then the tape got tangled in the mechanism and had to be gently pulled free after unplugging machine. I noticed someone else on this forum got flashing 2's after extracting a tangled tape... and it seemed to be a problem with the tape playing mechanism or gears. Could someone help me... I would like to know if there's anything we can do ourselves or indeed if there is any life left in our machine? thanks

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  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2007

    I have exactly the same problem. The VCR works on three out four tapes. One tape tape gives the flashing '2' and then '4'

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    when u put a tape in, the display on the vcr starts flashing for a while. when it stops u can press a button on the panel and it might work or it will start flashing again

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The idler on your machine needs to be changed and also the drum head of your machine needs to be clean.tape head cleaners can be bought from any electronic shop.the idler must be changed by qualified techn

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