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I have the Sony vmex280p. Can power it up via mains adaptor lead and it works (playing back a tape) for a short time then stops ??

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Sounds as if there is friction within the mechanism somewhere. Have you tried to fast forward the tape, then rewind it fully ? This may loosen things up a little.
Another possibility is that the tape itself has issues and is sticking within the cassette - have you tried with alternative tapes ?

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