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Tape won't play

The tape inserts,moves down, starts to feed, as if to play-then stops and ejects cassette

I have the top cover off so I can see the action-
the unit may have been dropped???

it was working ok-
i shipped it to a customer last week but it didn't work when it got there

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  • baravelli Feb 11, 2008

    the machine doesn't make a high pitched noise.
    i don't know what an electrolytic cap is, nor how to change it

    thanks for the help

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These old Quasars (matshushita made) have underdesigned power supplies. The electrolytic caps on the output voltages need high voltage ratings. Does it make a high pitch sing? Your unit is running out of power when it gets to the most difficult part of its loading sequence. Try replacing all those caps. Some guy at Matsushita (Panasonic, Magnavox, Quasar) designed many many VCR's and it took him about 10 years to learn that electrolytic caps don't work too good at the high frequencies that switching power supplies have gone to.
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