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VCR I put a tape in, it says PLAY on the screen but nothing happens, then it shuts itself off. If I try to push play or ffwd or rewd nothing happens. this just recently started after a tape got stuck in the vcr and I had to pull it out.

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  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2007

    VCR played for a couple of weeks, now it won't play them. Although, I can put one in & hit record & it will record to the DVD. But, I can't watch VHS. I have only had this for a few months.

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2007

    the vcr turns off after two minutes



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You have probably bent the tab that holds the tape end sensor or its light. The tapes have a clear section at the end of the tape and the light shines through to the sensor to tell the unit that the tape is finished. The light should not pass through the recordable part of the tapes. If anything is bent the light may shine on the sensor and tell the unit you're at the end of the tape and to shut off. Some units have a tape tension sensor also that tells the unit that the tape is broken and to shut off. Only way to know is to remove power and take it apart and look for anything that may be bent. Stay away from the rotating head assembly and the posts that the tap travels on. Do not apply power with the unit open. Do not load a tape and remove power as some units freeze in the loaded position and will not load new tapes unless manually placed back in the unloaded position.

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