this usually indicates an error condition- the logic is sensing an abnormal condition.
Suggest taking the top cover off the VCR, and load the tape, then activate play. Does tape begin to spill out in the mechanisms, especially towards the right side of the tape? If so, then the take up spindle isn't being engaged to take up the tape. This at least was, a common problem with VCRs, especially older ones ('80s era) which used a rubber drive wheel. This rubber "tire" like drive would become slick & hard, and would cause a no-takeup condition, spiling tape out. There was a sensor which told the logic circuit if the takeup wheel was indeed turning, and if not, the VCR would be taken into a stop or shutoff mode. This sensing would prevent large amounts of tape spillage and the resultant damage such would do.
Another possible cause is the tape isn't being loaded properly. This is generally due to a defect in the carriage mechanism (the assembly which holds the tape). Often, these mechanisms were gear driven. Timing on these gears is often critical, and being off by just one tooth would cause an error.
Sep 17, 2007 |
Symphonic SL260A S-VHS VCR