I am repairing client's VHS-C compact tape. I have reattached the broken end of the tape to the take up hub and need to reassemble the cassette. I found a small spring inside the cassette, but cannot determine where this spring should go. Does it sit on the post that holds the take up reel, or does it go somewhere else? Do you know of any site where I can find a diagram or schematic of a VHS-C cassette? Thanks.
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Re: Have to reassemble VHS-C cassette
Tried searching for a diagram but didn't find one. Usually the spring goes to the plastic door protecting the tape. If the door isn't retacting, you should remove the door altogether and the tape should work as long as it is moving properly when you turn the take up roller on the tape by hand.
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For other type of video camera tapes you will have to try other methods like connect camera with tape to a DVD recorder and directly burn the DVDs. You can buy attachments and software for PC but I have found these very cumbersome to work with.
I have two Panasonic VHS-C adapters so I know what it is like to try to salvage a tape. Basically, you have two choices: complete disassembly of the adapter and salvage the tape or reassemble the adapter and try to salvage the tape. I have never seen any repair information so learned by trial and error
I'm afraid that this is one that only you can do, or somebody you know. Repair shops probably would say throw it away, or buy a new one.
VHS tapes are not to hard to fix though. All you need is a small screwdriver, some non-yellowing sellotape and a new or old VHS tape.
The old or new tape will show you how they work/fit together if you have never opened one up, which is perhaps obvious you haven't!
Right here is what to do. On the underside of the tape you will find several screws. Remove all of them. Once done lay the cassette bottom side down on a table. The top part should lift off from the bottom part, if there is a label on the back of the cassette this will keep it together, so you may have to break/cutt the label to remove the top section. If you haven't seen the inside of VHS before do the same thing to another cassette now. OK now you will have to work out where the tape has snapped. If the tape has departed from one of the reels, where the clear (leader) tape attaches you can re-attach it using your good cassette as a guide.
If the tape has broken in the black section, then cut a piece of sellotape the same thickness of the video tape. Trim the two broken halfs of video tape so they are nice and square to each other. I would remove any badly damage area of the tape, to prevent any break. It won't play anyway. You then (using the sellotape) join the two tapes together. Put the sellotape on the back of the video tape and make certain there is no sticky part exposed. Try and avoid contact with your fingers to the front of the tape, though there's no chance of that near the join. Re-assemble the cassette.
I would not recomend this method, unless it's a tape that has unique content on it - such as a family video. Even then I would recomend the tape is transfered to DVD as soon as you have repaired it and never used again.
You don't specify the adapter you have, but most load from the top. The main thing here is that VHS and VHS-C are both the same size of tape. Whether they are recorded in SVHS mode or not will not affect the adapter, just whether or not you get a picture. Theadapter only allows you to put a compact cassette (VHS-C) into a standard VHS VCR. The adapter will require batteries to allow it to place the VHS-C cassette tape into the proper position for use in the VCR.
There's no way! They are two vastly different systems. Video8 tape is nearly 1/4 inch wide whereas VHS tape is 1/2 inch wide - and thats just the begining! Electronically, everything about them is different which is why Video8 came out from Sony in 1985 to improve on VHS systems and camcorder quality. The higher quality version Hi8 followed in 1990 which made it's way into the professional market too. I used the both formats for TV news and other programmes 1989-2000 when I went over to DVCAM, a professional compact cassette system also from Sony so I know the 8mm systems inside out.
look online or in some electronic stores for an adapter--the tape fits into a vhs format case and the vhs adapter is inserted into player theirs a vhs play adapter made for just about all compact tape units
That may be what you will have to do, in this case, unless you can somehow get that switch to work. I don't understand why the motor continues to run, but it's probably a broken plastic piece or other gear part that's not functioning. When you take the cassette apart, try to look for any broken parts, or loose components that you can reseat. You may have to end up buying another adapter. Wish I knew more to tell you, but that's all I can think of.
You can remove the 4 or 5 screws at the bottom of the tape, turn the tape over CAREFULLY pull the top off. If the tape pulled out of the end of 1 spool, you have to remove the clip in the tape hub, reinsert the tape and snap the clip back in. Holding the tape door open so as not to catch tape, put top back on and replace screws. Hope this helps.
There are two things 1.there is a push switch under the cassette holder may be brocken 2.cassette holder is bad.put a cassette and press on cassette holder then try this way you can make sure which part is bad.