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Vcr jam There is a tape stuck in the vcr portion of the player. when pressing the power button the vcr runs for about 5-10 seconds. After that there is an error message on the screen. How do I fix this?

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Re: vcr jam

You really should take this unit into a repair shop with the stuck tape as to get this bugger out of the unit will require the tape loading mechanism to be disassembled. if this is not taken apart correctly, you could cause more damage to the unit. Good Luck.

Posted on Apr 08, 2007

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Make sure the device is plugged into the household power supply and is switched on if no indicator lights are illuminated on the control panel. Watch for any power-saving technology that can shut the recorder down when it's not being used. Try the "Power" button again.
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Verify that the media you are using is compatible with the device. Most combos record to DVD-RAM/-R/-RW/+R/+RW Discs on the disc side. VHS cassettes can have erasure tabs, so check that the tab is still there if you can't record to the cassette. Watch out for copy-protection technology on either the tape or disc. Often it's indicated on the packaging. Copy protection is designed to stop illegal reproductions, so may block many recordings of copyrighted material.

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Connect a television to the "Video Out," "S-Video Out" or "Component Video Out" jacks on the DVD-VCR combo if you can't see video from the combo playing on the television.
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Forcibly eject a disc if it is stuck in the combo. Often, manufacturers will create a sequence of buttons to use that accomplishes this. On a Panasonic, you force the combo into "Standby" by pressing "Power" for 10 seconds. Then press and hold "Stop" and the "Channel Up" button together for five seconds, and the disc should eject.

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Hi there,

It sounds as though the tape player mechanism isn't working correctly. Either the machine's tape heads are't engaging fully, but usually this is a result of the drive belts becoming worn and not turning one of the tape reel's at the same speed as the other. Culminating in a difference so one reel will run faster than the other, this can cause bunching of the tape as it goes through the tape heads jamming it up. The VCR will need to be inspected by a technician for repair or replacement of the drive belts.

Hope this helps,


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