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CST.IN Light After turning on the DVD/VCR recorder, the "CST.IN" light begins to blink continuously and shuts off the power to the unit after about 5-10 seconds . You are not able to do anything as it has no power. With the power off, the light continues to blink. Thanks for any help, Bob

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  • SMP13 Mar 04, 2008

    I have the same problem, player keeps turning off after 5 seconds.

  • spency-wency Mar 11, 2008

    Yes I have the exact same problem. Is there any solution besides throwing it at the wall and then in the dumpster?


  • jamasister Mar 12, 2008

    same thing here

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2008

    have same problem as BikerBob's CST.IN Light problem. Frank A.

  • golfuninmn Apr 04, 2008

    I have the same exact problem as described.

  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2008

    same problem here.

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  • edge43 Aug 03, 2008

    I too have the problem with 10-sec power off then cst.in blinking.

  • blueacepa Nov 11, 2008

    Same exact thing, fixed it by letting a VCR tape load and then the DVD worked.

  • cindy122094 Mar 21, 2009

    Had the same problem and just tried this...and it worked

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    I had the same problem. I put a VHS tape in and ejected and it worked. But, later I put a tape in and it ate it- broke the tape.

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2009

    I have the same problem, but my vcr will not take in a tape.

  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    cst.in light but ther is no tape inside and cant put one inside either

  • ryanracer08 May 11, 2010

    mine did the same thing how do you fix it?

  • Don Rogers
    Don Rogers Aug 10, 2013

    I'm having the same problem. However there *is* a tape in the player. It won't eject, play, FF, rewind, anything. Just keeps shutting off. Aaaaaarrgghhhhh!

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Put a tape in and eject it. It will then work. Just had this problem. CST IN means the VCR thinks it has a tape in. Trust me... Very fixable.

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

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I fixed mine by putting a vcr tape in the machine, it loaded and then my DVD starting functioning again. Don't know why but it worked.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

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Same problem here...and it was particularly annoying, as it was inhibiting my annual ritual of watching "It's A Wonderful Life" on Xmas day.
After about a half hour of figuring the mechanism out, I traced the problem to a small lever toward the front right portion of the VCR loading mechanism (near the power switch corner of the unit). It had apparently failed to release the last time that the tape was ejected. After releasing the lever manually (in hind sight, a good rap on the side of the box may have done the trick), everything is back to normal.
Note: when the unit is open, you need to tape over the LED sensors on either side of the VCR loading mechanism while troubleshooting, or else the external light will inhibit operation.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009

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Press eject 5 times and try it again and it works

Posted on Nov 04, 2009

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The top two answers are correct, but in my case I had to take the cover off and I found that there was a very small belt rapped around two wheelies that was stuck and not turning. I just moved it a bit and got it unstuck. On another VCR I had I figured out that my grandchild had stuck some pennies in side. I opened it up took the pennies out and it worked fine. The strange thing is if the VCR doesn't work, neither will the DVD player.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013

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I fixed this problem on mine today. I read the manual online and found that CST.IN light means there is a cassette in the VCR. Since I didn't have a cassette in the VCR at the time I suspected a problem with the VCR and attempted to take the unit apart to disconnect the VCR. With the cover off I powered the unit on and a wheel in the back came on until the machine shut off automatically as it has been doing. I was unable to disconnect the wires but after unscrewing most of the VCR mounting screws I tried powering on again and this time the wheel in the back shut off and the unit stayed on. I put everything back together (minus a few VCR mounting screws) and put the cover back on. My DVD player and TV controls work fine now. I put duct tape over the VCR since I don't plan to use it anyway, and I am happy.

I wish this was a better solution that I could say exactly what I did, but I can't. All I know is that it's the VCR that caused the problem and I rarely use mine anymore anyway. And I know nothing about electronic, but I figured that taking the unit apart was better than buying a new DVD player right now. If you feel the same way I suggest you give it a try. Good luck!

Posted on Aug 04, 2008

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My Symphonic VHS DVD players does the same thing. When I put in my VHS-C adapter (with VHS-C cassette installed) the system shuts down. To remove, I have to turn the power back on. Really want to watch these VHS-C cassettes...

Posted on Jul 31, 2014

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I called customer service & was told that I had to get it serviced or buy a new one. I took the back cover off & nothing was broke, the CST.IN light still blinking & my 14 yr old son comes in & I explain that I need to put a VHS in to get it to work since it thinks a tape is in & pushed the eject button & omg it worked, I'm so happy. So try the eject button first. I'm now watching a movie.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013

I think there are two light sensors that detect when a tape is in the VCR. When I took mine apart, the two green LED looking sensors are on each side of where the tape would rest if it was fully installed. I pushed one inward and it started whirring, then shut off. If the sensor has failed, then the logic will always fail and shut down the VCR. I don't know of a fix for this and may just chuck the whole thing.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008

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