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Toshiba w528 vcr tape eating

I recently cleaned the heads on my toshiba W528 VCR. Now everytime I put a tape in it appears that the vcr literally spits the tape out and it gets wrapped around pretty much everything. Did I mess something up and if so can I still fix it? Also do you happen to have a picture of what the inside of the VCR is supposed to look like to make sure I didn't mess anything up?

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Re: toshiba w528 vcr tape eating

Tape "eating" is usually caused by a no take-up condition, that is, the take-up spindle isn't being driven, and thus a certain amount of tape spools out inside the mechanism until the logic circuit senses an error condition and places the machine in an off or stop mode. Cleaning the head shouldn't cause this, assuming you knew what you were doing, and nothing was broken or bent in the process. Look down in between the spindles, and you will see an idler wheel which pivots between the spindles, depending if the mode is Rewind, Fast forward or play. This idler mechanism should pivot freely. If the grease is dried or sticky, or the idler is otherwise broken- gear teeth missing, etc. such must be corrected. If the idler needs replacement, one might be available from the manufacturer, or a parts supplier such as MCM Electronics.

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Eats Tapes

Well I can tell you how to clean the heads but I doubt it will cure the tape chewing problem.

First you need a can of Servisol Video 40. You can get this from electronic shops such as Maplin (UK) or Radio Shack (USA). Amazon and e-bay also sell it.

Remove the top cover of the VCR. You can unplug it if you wish, but you might want to use it with the cover off later. You should be able to see the video head - the large cylinder. Spray the sides of the head with the Servisol. With a cotton bud wipe the sides of the head. The head should be shinny and clean when you have done. Now locate the other video heads. These will be square shaped with wires coming out of them. They will have shinny surfaces too. Spray the shinny surface and wipe with a bud. You might also want to clean the rubber roller, simply spray and wipe. It's a good idea to clean all the surfaces the tape touches. If you don't know which, watch the tape playing when you first take the lid off. If you watch the tape playing it will show you which part is chewing the tape. Often it's caused by the rubber roller which is worn.

Allow the Servisol to dry before putting any tape in. It will dry very quick. If spots appear on the picture, then clean again.

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I have a Toshiba W727. I have all new recording tapes. Recently when I playback the tape, the picture bounces, even though the actual picture on the TV did not bounce. I have used a tape to clean the...

Open up the front of the VHS tape and look at the tape inside. It should be nice and smooth. If it is not the video machine has damaged the tape and it will bounce and make a mess of the video heads again. If the tape is crinkled at the bottom side the pinch roller on the VCR is worn and needs replacing. If there is no damage to the tape. Then all you need do is give the video heads and any part that touches the tape a good clean. To do this you unplug from the mains the power lead. Remove the top cover of the VCR and with some Servisol Video 40 Spray clean the heads etc. You can use a cotton bud to get into corners. Leave to dry for about 10 minutes. And re-asemble to try a tape.

You can find the Servisol on-line.
PS if you have never seen inside a VCR before, after you have taken the top off plug the power lead back in, you don't need any other connections and play a tape and watch where the tape touches. Take the tape out and pull the plug! Then clean!
Cleaning like this is much better than a tape.

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I have a Toshiba W528 VCR and am trying to hook up a Wii in the front panel Line 2 jacks. How do you switch the connnection to the Line 2 jacks without a remote?

With the up and down channel selector buttons. You will have to keep pressing either button till it shows AV (something IE 1 or 2 etc). Depending what it says on the front panel for the socket.
Recommend a universal remote if you can't get a new one.

Feb 06, 2011 | Toshiba W522 VHS VCR

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your VCR deeds a good cleaning (pinch rollers, guyding posts and heads) NOT A DO IT YOUR SELF JOB ask a good VCR tech.

or one of the GUYDING POSTS is defective and is not retracting (more serious mechanical problem)

Good luck!

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Lost remote on toshiba w528

You can select those to record with out the remote by setting the record timer to record. For example, if you want to record from one of those input channels on Friday 1 January 2009 at 9:00 to 11:00, it will allow you to choose that as an input channel in that program menu. If not, you will want to buy a replacement remote. VC-522 is no longer available, but VC-617 and other models are.

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Eating my vcr tapes

ok , lets start with MOISTURE where VCR located ,what happen is that moisture can cause the tape to catch on the polished surface of the drum head , some instances will play,but the tape stops stretching it and damage occurs. SECOND check for a defective idler tire that prevent the take up reel from spinning. also check for any drive belts ( look like black rubber bands ) that might be stretched with time ,replace with new ones .hope this info helps

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VCR acting strange with audio and playing

It sounds like the audio control head is at fault.
If all prerecorded tapes (movies) play with audio level jumping up and down, is is likely that the audio head is dirty. The audio head in the VCR looks very similar to a head of an old audio cassette player.
First, try to clean the audio head by running a VHS head cleanning tape. The cleanning tape will usually clean the path of all tape mechanisms..

Good Luck

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VCR eating tapes

Is the vcr in a cold room? the heads might have dew on them
or need cleaned. If it keeps doing it you probly wouldn't want to fix it at a shop. you can buy new vcr's with remote at walmart now for $25-$30 I think. Hey you can try the old treatment
that i always do. Try unplugging the vcr from the electrical
outlet for a hour or maybe even longer sometimes that will resit
everything in it and it will work right.

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Model W528

find your model number here, and the manual in Adobe Acrobat format

Jul 23, 2007 | Toshiba W522 VHS VCR

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This model is the W528 VCR, but my manual includes both models

Does it do this with other television sets? If so, then it indicates the problem resides in the VCR. Rolling as you describe suggests either the VCR isn't producing a clean enough vertical sync pulse in the video signal, or the TV circuitry isn't processing the pulse properly. First, try cleaning the heads (not just the video head, but also the audio/control head which is to the right of the rotating video head. If this doesn't fix the problem, an electronic problem is likely. Unless this is a high dollar unit, repair is not recommended, as VCRs of the last 10 years or so are essentially disposable. I've done some looking on the 'net regarding copy protection, and it doesn't look like this is an issue here.

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