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Video tape problem

Video tape gets caught in the machine when ejecting the tape, this has happened on three different tapes.

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  • pascalou Mar 01, 2009

    The machine is chewing up tapes, I opened it up and watch from above, it seems the tape doesn't recede back into the tape when it is stopped. Also when I press record, it ejects the tapes 90% of the times and the tape is caught inside....

    It is very frustrating, I have tried new tapes, just in case but to no avail.

    I can see the reply from the previous person, very negative, I could just go buy a new VCR, cost is irrelevant, but I have had this VCR for years and it was serving me well til now. I would prefer to fix it than buying a new one as it is likely I will buy a hard drive/dvd player next.

    help please, thank you


  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    funai dbvr 2700 chewing tapes up

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Tape won't load


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