I have an akai AVR250 VCR which I have owned for about 5 years, and until recently has not given me any strife. However, when I put a tape in it, the player now stalls for 10 seconds, then goes to standby with "Err" in the display. By pressing the power button again, the display powers off, then returns to standby, and after 10 seconds, ejects the tape on its own, once more with the "Err" on the display.
I have already tried using different tapes, to no avail. Can anyone help me with this problem?
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I have had a look around for this model and from what I could see of it looks mono. Having just a yellow and white front sockets. I think the biggest clue when looking at just images of video recorders is these front sockets. Stereo ones will have two RCA jacks red & white. Mono have just one. You will also see a Yellow jack, but that's for video so ignore that.
No! The best thing to use to clean it is Servisol Video 40. This can be got from your local electronics shop or online. This stuff leaves no residue and cleans much better. You can use the cotton buds with it too.
It's much better to clean every six months or so depending on use. As dirt and grime can cause problems to the heads if left on. If someone smokes where it lives it will need more cleaning as you will find out when you clean it first time!
You're describing what could be a loose or worn loading belt problem, most of the vcr mechanisms used in these combos use one to load the tape and thread it for it to play or record, that is why you have to keep puhing the tape untill the machine accepts the tape and you have to keep pressing play untill it starts the play function.
This is most because the control head may be dirty, this haed picks up the pulses from the tape to regulate the speed & tracking if this is off it can produce both the faults you describe. Also it is possible the pinch roller (black roller on the right hand side of the deck mechanism, sits just in front of the control head), this may be worn especially as the machine is five years old, this will cause the tape to guided off alignment.
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