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SLV 940 HF

Tapes keep getting stuck. All commands are blocked and the it dispalay L H 22 M 11 S. mihai

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  • xcnagar Jun 07, 2008

    I Have exactly the same problem. No plastic broken parts. The carriage mechanism seems to be a little bent. Where can I buy the part?

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    Tape Stuck in VCR SLV 940 HF

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Is it having trouble either loading or ejecting the tape? If so, then something is probably awry in that mechanism. Take the top cover off and watch a load or eject operation. If tape isn't fully loaded, and tape threaded, then an error condition will result, as will be the case if it won't eject. Causes include a broken piece of the load mechanism (also called cassette carriage or carriage mechanism), broken or cracked gear. If the mechanism is gear driven, timing is critical, just being out of time one tooth will foul things up. There are often marks on the gears which must line up exactly in a particular mode as specified in manufacturer service literature. Most VCRs since the early '90s are disposeable, very prone to breakage, in contrast to early units which were made like tanks, costing $400 plus.

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