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Sylvania vcr won't play or eject tape

Finally took cover off vcr and played around until tape came out. looking at machine while cover is off, seems it plays even when a tape is not in it. When a tape is inserted, "tape in" light flashes but won't play or eject the tape. i know, get rid of the machine and stick with dvds. but, is it a cheap fix to get the vcr running again? we have a lot of children's videos that are hard to find on dvd...

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

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

Posted on Jan 27, 2007

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SOURCE: Tape ejects just after insertion

the end-of-tape optical sensor is at fault. either it is very dirty, has failed or something else is detecting end of tape. many VCR's now will auto-eject the tape upon end of tape detect

Posted on May 20, 2007

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SOURCE: Tape stuck in VCR, won't eject.

you posted 2 different problems here...
to answer this one ". The tape is stuck, won't eject and I'd like to get it out without damaging the VCR unit."...open unit, find motor that moves tape ejector and spin that motor by hand (power off)

the other problem, "the VCR will not insert a tape. It keeps rejecting it."...open unit and fully turn ejection motor until home position is reached...this is a home sensor switch not being activated.

Posted on Feb 05, 2008

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SOURCE: VCR tape won't eject

The flap on the door stays open until the tape is ejected. There are two possible ways to remove the tape. First, with the power off, try to locate the drive pulley or gear on the side of the tape housing. It may be possible to turn it with your finger and cause the tape to eject. The eject mechanism will move VERY slowly when you use this technique.

The second way to do it should normally be done by an experienced technician, because it involves taking it even farther apart...and it may be difficult to reassemble. There are typically four screws that hold the tape mechanism in place...two near the top front and two near the back. It should be possible to remove those screws and pull the entire mechanism out of the VCR. Then you can more easily rotate the eject pulley (or gear) and remove the tape. If this sounds a little scary, I would definitely recommend placing the top back on and acting like nothing happened!

Posted on Mar 17, 2008

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SOURCE: External Tuner Device for VCR/DVD player

Just pick up an old used VCR that has a tuner built in. Only the very new ones don't have them (due to the DTV switch coming up in February).

Posted on Sep 09, 2008

SOURCE: SONY VCR: Keeps ejecting video tape

may be machnical stuck in playback mode. remove the cover and see the loading arms are near the video head , if not try to release the arm rotating caption wheel smmothly . don't push more force to rotate the wheel.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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