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Tapes go in but get stuck, VCR won't play

I have a VG2030 (GE) VHS model...the only thing that seems to work right now is the power button..the tapes go in but get stuck after pressing the eject button...the VCR won't play the movies...the timer button blinks also...

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It sounds like a mode switch failure to me. You will need to replace it, you will also need to set up the machine properly when the new one is fitted, as the timming will most likely be off, so you may need the service manual or a guide to set it right.

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