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VCR tape loads and runs about 5-10 sec; then ejects

We tried several tapes. We put a VCR tape in and it stops and the power goes off. When we turn power back on, it ejects with the eject sign with the letter R beside it with the tape mode under the eject sign - SP.

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  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    I have the same problem with my unit. I've taken the top off and watched the tape load. I see no obvious problems it runs smooth loading and unloading. but my unit shuts down after ~7 seconds. It doesn't eject the tape untill I turn the unit back on. The DVD side works fine with no problems.

  • hhylin Jan 14, 2009

    I've tried this and nothing seems to work? any other thoughts than a repair shop or a new one?

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    bought this not to long ago havent used very much and now vcr tape wont play, plays a few seconds then ejects... tried several tapes

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    I have same problem. One wierd thing though. I had the problem turned off the unit. That nite lost power for 6 hours. Next day no problem.

    I usually have the problem trying to watch a tape after watching a DVD?

  • betar Feb 08, 2009

    video cassette tape either ejects or the player turns off, sometimes it will snag the tape when it comes out.

  • ronann1 Feb 13, 2009

    VCR tape runs less than 10 seconds and the VCR shuts off. When started again the VCR tape ejects and a TV message shows a triangle with a capital R to the right and the recording speed below.

  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2009

    Up until about a month ago the tape player worked fine. One day, just stopped working. DVD player fine. VCR starts, runs about 5-10 seconds and shuts off power. When turned back on tape ejects. Cannot even fast forward or rewind tape. Same results.

  • rhaugen Feb 18, 2009

    VCR Loads and plays for a few seconds then stops and powers off. DVD is ok.

  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2009

    tried solution from hunchristia, not the problem. It appears the machine thinks it is at the end of tape. The R that appears when you turn the machine back on is the sign for auto rewind or end of tape. I have looked for an answer for a while. Any other suggestions would be helpful

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  • guitarman50 Apr 27, 2009

    my front panel indicates a tape is loaded when the cassette caridge is empty.


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The letter R could be a fault code to that machine. depending on the deck installed a number of faults could cause it to instantly eject such as its not lacing the tape correctly or the deck as gone out of timing due to wear. the tape run pulses are not being detected due to senser problems .tray switches faulty ...even some thing fallen inside and jamed the deck like a label from the cassette.good luck farr64

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  • apode77 Nov 07, 2010

    I just tried to repair my Magnavox dual deck recorder. It kept showing the "E1" error code. What I found was a belt off on the right side of the tape drive. I assume this belt on the side is for loading/ejecting the VHS tape. The motor drive pulley was fine but the idler pulley that is located lower and more towards the front was completely worn out. It was unrepairable, or at least not economically feasible to repair. Hope this helps.


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You need to clean the vcr with a cleaner that you can buy at a store. If that doesnt work then you need to take the 4 or 5 skrews out that hold the top on and look at the motor and gears move while you put a tape in and you should spot the problem pretty quick. It'll be with the round metal wheel that turns the tape.

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