Question about Emerson EWC1303 13 in. TV/VCR Combo

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The VCR will accept tapes but will not play them. The picture from the tape will come up frozen on the screen, then the whole unit shuts down. When I turn the power back on, the VCR spits out the tape (thank goodness!). Is there any way I can get the VCR to work again? The TV still works fine.

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Sounds like the "Mode Switch" has gone faulty...

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