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Tape stuck in vcr

The tape went in and would not play then i tried to eject it but it wont it just shuts itself off

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Re: tape stuck in vcr

If the tape is really stuck, your only resort will be to unscrew the cover off the unit and get to the assembly where the tape heads are. You can just simply pull the tape out (carefully). Some of the tape might still be spooled on the capstans or pinch rollers.


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