Recorder linked thro skybox keeps cutting out when fast forward or rewind ,often wont let you set up to record,producing a whirring noise,cuts out t/v which then comes back after about a minute will do this 2-3 times and then settles down. it will then allow you to play recorded tape but the minute you fast forward/rewind to miss ads goes haywire again. driving me mad!
Any help appreciated
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I'm not surprised that it advances on the end. The VCR doesn't know where the end of the taped programme is. You will have to search manually for it. Start at the end of the tape and rewind a few minutes worth of recording then press 'play' and see what you get. If not successful rewind further and try again, etc,etc. Alternatively you could press "play +rewind" which should allow you to watch the record on what is fast (=x2) rewind. It will help you if you know how long the show was and at what point the tape was when recording started.
This sounds like a fault caused by a mode switch problem. The mode switch tells the electronic section what position the VCR mechanical section is in. The mode switch itself can go faulty, or it can be sent to the wrong position if the VCR mechanism is damaged. For example the mode switch might be in eject mode, when the mechanism is in play mode.
It's unlikely that a reset would cure the problem. But you could try powering down the video by pulling the plug and leaving for some time. Maybe even a day.
Mode switch replacement is only possible if you have either done this before or have the service manual. Since most mode switches are never ever set up in the eject mode position. The VCR mechanism will also need to be checked to make certain it hasn't been damaged before resetting or replacement of the mode switch.
Try removing the top cover & have a look to see what happens when you put the tape in & press play/rewind etc. Is the take up spool (right hand spool) turning properly or is there slack tape not being taken into the cassette? Are the heads spinning ? I think your problem is more likely to do with the tape not travelling smoothly around the tape path. Possibly the clutch gears need cleaned or the soft brakes may not be dis-engaging properly.
It sounds like the cassette is not releasing the tape so the machine can put it around the heads. This could damage the machine. Don't use it. A two dollar tape is not worth damaging your vcr. Throw it away.
If you are recording the tapes in a slow speed, then I would suspect that the tracking pulse is not being recorded properly. Since this is a new VCR, return it for an exchange. One of the recording heads is bad.
I work at the History Channel and have a VHS that had the same troubles. I need it desperately for the show I am working on. I tapped it on a table fast forwarded it and presto! Tape fixed, crisis averted. Thank you, Thank you, thank you.