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VCR thinks ALL tapes are write protected.

Every tape I instert into my Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR immediately starts playing. If I try to record, it ejects the tape. It obviously thinks the record tab is missing, but it's not. This happens on dozens of tapes, tapes which CAN be recorded on in other VCR's

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  • susan z Dec 13, 2007

    Is this easy to fix? Is it worth having fixed?



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The record tab detection switch inside the machine is broken

Posted on Dec 13, 2007

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    Cary Farah Dec 14, 2007

    well depends if the switch is dirty or broken and if broken where can try super glue if broken, if dirty i use a burnishing tool it's basically a small file you can get one here for a couple of dollars



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All VCRs have a sensor (usually a simple switch) that checks to see if the tab is broken. This sensor has gone bad.

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