Old tape player, System Video 2000 had once tape stuck inside, the tape was taken out but now when it tries to load it, it turns the head over the reel where its supposed to go but stops short of final...
It sounds like you have a defective Mode-Switch. This is a rotary switch that tells the microcontroller chip what position the loading mechanism is in. It's a very common fault in many brands of vcr and is usually fixable without replacing the switch. The switch can be taken apart and the contacts inside can be cleaned, don't panic, it splits in half and can be easily clipped back together.
You need to locate the switch, it will either be on the bottom of the mechanism itself or located on the motherboard underneath the mechanism. The mode-switch is circular, about the same size as 2-pence coin (UK Currency) and has 1 moving dial. Look carefully at the switch as it should have a timing mark on it, this will be needed to place the switch back in the right position when cleaning is complete.
Look at the centre of the switch. There should be 4 little clips holding the dial on the switch. Carefully prize the dial away from the rest of the switch using you fingernail to gently un-clip the clips. After some teasing the dial should separate. On the dial you have removed there will be eye-lash type contacts, treat these as if they were made of eggshells, Very delecate. Put the dial to one side for a moment. On the remainder of the switch you should see circular tracks which will be tarnished. Using a cotton bud of cue-tip ( those sticks you clean your ears out with) and some alcahol based cleaning solution, remove any contaminents from the tracks until they shine. Once done return to the dial you removed ealier.
Carefully wipe the tips of the metal lashes with the same solution but Do Not go 'against the grain' clean from the bottom of the lash, going up. Finally before you clip the dial back onto the switch, use your finger to elevate the lashes slightly to give a better contact with the switch once clipped back together, but maintain the angle of the lashes, do not bend them straight up. After clipping the switch back together, allign dial with timing position you noted earlier. Put the vcr back together and give it a try. Post back results and good luck.
Jan 26, 2011 |
Televison & Video