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VHS cassettes won't play

When I put cassettes into my Philips VR330/07 VCR, it won't play the majority of them. (Although, weirdly, one or two play fine.) Instead, I get '2' symbol flashing up on the display, alongside the usual 'video cassette symbol'. If I press 'Standby/On', the number switches to a '4', but the cassette still doesn't play. Any idea why this might be? Could it be caused by dirty tape heads?

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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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I get the same problem with one tape (it's about 20 minutes long) .. it also shows a '4' ... when you press the power button it ejects the tape... some tapes are fine ...

Posted on Jun 23, 2007

Shuttle83
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SOURCE: Tape won't stay in and play

Hello,

The carriage might be misaligned because the tape is not even loading, in addition it may be one of the tape position sensors are going bad. These are the common reasons for this problem happening.

I hope this helps,

Thank you,

Shuttle83

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

simplemitch
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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

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SOURCE: My vcr does not play the tape

Take the cover off & have a look at the cassette carriage, it may have came out of alignment, ie it is taking the tape at an angle or there maybe a fault with the carriage motor switch. when you put the tape in so far the carraige activates a switch which starts the loading motor to draw the tape in. It could be there is no supply voltage to this switch or the loading motor might be faulty, this is why the VCR says there is no tape as the tape has not been able to load into the machine. A repair centre should be able to fix this fault quite easily.

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

mybradley7
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try to retime the gears.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

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