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Vcr problem when i put a video in to play or to record it the vcr shuts off.

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  • carlmart Nov 02, 2007

    My problem seems similar. It may happen in play or in record condition.

    You press the play button, it seems to try to read and then shuts-off.

    It happens with several tapes, so it shouldn't be a tape deffect.

  • Maxee Nov 14, 2007

    My RCA 4-head VCR plays commercially-produced tapes, but does not play (or record) blank tapes that I have purchased in order to record. The machine starts to play them for a few seconds, then shuts off. But commercial video cassettes play just fine.


  • vtgal Apr 14, 2008

    when I try to play or record a tape it shuts off after 5 seconds. help

  • arreglador Jun 25, 2008

    Tape seems to load well. Plays for about a half-minute, then it stops and turns off. Have opened the top and the tape does not fall all over the place, but it does not seem to want to play.

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This usually indicates an error condition- the logic is sensing an abnormal condition. Suggest taking the top cover off the VCR, and load the tape, then activate play. Does tape begin to spill out in the mechanisms, especially towards the right side of the tape? If so, then the take up spindle isn't being engaged to take up the tape. This at least was, a common problem with VCRs, especially older ones ('80s era) which used a rubber drive wheel. This rubber "tire" like drive would become slick & hard, and would cause a no-takeup condition, spiling tape out. There was a sensor which told the logic circuit if the takeup wheel was indeed turning, and if not, the VCR would be taken into a stop or shutoff mode. This sensing would prevent large amounts of tape spillage and the resultant damage such would do. Another possible cause is the tape isn't being loaded properly. This is generally due to a defect in the carriage mechanism (the assembly which holds the tape). Often, these mechanisms were gear driven. Timing on these gears is often critical, and being off by just one tooth would cause an error.

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If there is only one set of input jacks on the VCR, the VCR input will probably need to be set to 'Line In'. If there are multiple sets of input jacks they should be labeled 'Input 1', 'Input 2', etc.. The VCR input setting will need to be set to the input you plugged the RCA cables into. The jacks you plugged cable ends into should be labeled. The setting for input on the VCR and TV should match the label on that device.

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As long as the TV is on and going to play something you want to record, you can set the timer on the VCR to record it, but instead of setting a channel you will choose either 'Line In' or the input number you are using.

This should always work to record a show on the TV when the signal is coming in through a coax cable from an antenna or cable box. But there are some TVs that only send that signal to the TV Out jacks. So if you are watching something from another source, like another VCR, a DVD player, or a video camera on TV on the TV and try to record that you will only record the incoming signal from the antenna or cable box.

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