I'm unable to remove a tape that's stuck in my VCR. Any suggestions as to what I can do so as not to destroy my VCR?
I tried to remove it by turning the machine on, pressing reject. The VCR turned off. I tried prying the tape out, but it's stuck & won't budge.
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Re: Toshiba M-752 Video Casette Recorder
When a tape won't eject, the problem can be caused by several things. The most common problem is that the belt that operates the eject mechanism is slipping and not allowing it to eject the tape. This can be fixed by either using a re-grip solution on the belt or have the belt replaced. Another possibility is that the tape is caught aroung the spindle guides that pull the tape around the video head. If the tape is caught in the spindles, this will affect playback performance. The heads could be dirty too. Another possibility for poor playback is a slipping idler wheel. The idler wheel is a rubber tire that pivits between the tape sending and pickup reels. It's a key part during playback, fast forward & rewind. The idler tire can also be treated with a re-grip solution or be replaced. Belts are inexpensive but sometimes difficult to get to. Most of the repair expense will be in the labor.
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Re: Toshiba M-752 Video Casette Recorder
Take the top cover off, and see if there is an obvious reason for the no-eject, as in tape spooled out and wrapped around something.
Next, is the tape drawn back into the tape housing? Under normal operation this is done before eject. A defect in the tape itself, or in the VCR mechanicals can cause a no "pull in" condition.
Otherwise, you could carefully try to assist an eject- push eject, lift lightly on the tape.
Sometimes the entire carriage mechanism can be removed with tape in place, but often, screws holding this in place are obscured by the tape, and, if carriage is gear driven, proper gear alignment must be reestablished.
This can be a tricky problem, getting tape out without damaging anything, especially since late VCRs are made rather fragile to start with.
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I've checked the entire user manual which notes problems like this need to be referred to authorized service personnel.
Myself, I would unplug the entire unit, put it on a kitchen table using a phillips (cross-tip) screwdriver to remove the top metal shell. Remove at least 2 screws each side and 2-5 rear screws securing the top.
Nothing like peering inside to see what is causing the VCR to get stuck and help remove it.
No release pinhole or tape freeing ejector will work if the unit's tape is tightly wound around some internal object or the tape is stuck because something foreign is inside the unit.
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remove the vcr´s cover and manually turn the motor´s pulley that charge the cassette, if you do not know which is the motor, put atention which motor is turning while you plug the vcr at outlet. Do not forget give points.
Select AV-1 or some thing in TV and plug DVD recorder Video-Audio output in AV-1 input of TV, playback any DVD and confirm its picture and sound in TV. Press Stop button of DVD recorder to stop playback. Now plug Video-Audio output of VCR in DVD recorder input and select AV Input in DVD recorder, insert VHS tape in VCR and playback it and confirm you get VHS picture and sound in TV via DVD recorder. Hookup between TV, DVD recorder and VCR is completed. Playback VHS tape in VCR, Insert blank DVD disc in DVD recorder and press Record while you see VHS tape picture in TV. Hope this info will help you.
F04 means that the mechanism locks during unloading. You need to check the Load motor and it's timing.
You have by the way a K Mech model. This will help you find parts and other information on the mechanism.
if the video is stuck inside the VSR then you will need to remove the cover. Withe the power OFF! uncrew the cover adn remove it slowly, noting were all the screws came from.
Once the cover is removed yo will see the tape in the mechanism/caddy.
You will need to manually push the cassette out and possibly remove the tape which may have wrapped itself around the spindles or rollers. There is no guarantee that you will be able to save the tape, but you should be able to reuse the VCR.
After you have removed the tape you should clean the rollers and spindles with Isopropal Alcohol (methylated spirits will do) and cotton buds to remove the dirt and dust and let it dry.
Test the unit before replacing the cover to ensure it is working. DON'T use the original stuck tape, but rather try another newer tape. Ensure that all is working ok before replacing the cover.
You will need one RCA video cable it will have a yellow, red and white plugs. On the back of your VCR locate where the color inputs are find where it says VIDEO OUT hook it up there. On the back of the DVD Recorder look for the same color input jacks NOW find where it says VIDEO IN hook it up there. You may have to turn on your TV,DVD recorder and VCR to get the right channel. your Recorder may have one or more video inputs if it does turn on all three. Use the channel on your TV you use to watch DVDs make sure you see your DVD screen. Now to record to a DVD. Change the channel on the DVD Recorder. Look for the input channels It may be Video 1 Video 2 etc... depends on the inputs you have. ( A great way to tune your DVD Recorder is to play a prerorded VCR tape. Turn the channel on your DVD Recorder unil you see the prereorded tape playing. )
from the manual:
turn on tv & set to video input mode. REMOVE erase protection tab from tape. Load tape & DVD. THEN ON YOUR REMOTE:
1. press DVD (DVD indicator lights up).
2. Press REC MODE/SPEED & choose your speed.
3. Press VCR (VCR indicator lights up)
4. press DUBBING
5. select YES
6. to stop dubbing, press STOP
I'm guessing the "black thing in side" is referring to the actual tape itself- ribbon like which can be spooled out of the tape case.
If so, then your VCR may have a mechanical problem of some sort, which results in a "no tape transport" or "no tape takeup" problem. If the latter, the right reel (takeup reel) is not being driven. Older VCRs often used a small rubber rimmed drive mechanism to drive this reel. Newer VCRs (10 years old or less) pretty much use a gear drive. Something may be broken here, or perhaps the gear is stuck. This gear assembly has to swivel back and forth, from left for rewind, to right for takeup or fast-forward. Unfortunately, you can't see the gear once the tape is in the machine, at least not from the topside.
Suggestion: Take the top cover of VCR off, look for this gear, and see if it swivels freely, look for broken gear teeth.