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Tape stuck in VCR

A tape is stuck in the VCR. The tape box is outside with the tape itself running into the player and wrapped around what appears to be the play head, which remains in its retracted (play?) position. Prior to the tape ejecting improperly, the VCR was producing only a jumpy picture with many lines. The audio was fine, but the picture was jumpy or even sometime completely blank (blue screen).

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  • GingerMan Mar 02, 2008

    Thank you. - Pulling on the tape does not cause it to move at all. It is firmly stuck in the player. Cutting it would not appear to help. The tape would still be stuck. This is not an important tape, so I do not mind cutting it. It is just that cutting it would not do anything.

  • GingerMan Mar 02, 2008

    Can you give me any pointers on taking it apart myself. The "local" shop is 45 minutes away, and not open on any hours I can get there.


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Could be that you're looking at a blown cartridge for that vcr tape. You may need to cut the tape, to extract that from the unit.

The play head would usually retract when the cartridge is removed, BUT could be compromised by some tape getting into the play head mechanism, and jamming.

be particularly careful with anything pointy or sharp, as the tape head does NOT like those objects near the read surface.

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  • Patrick Michaels
    Patrick Michaels Mar 02, 2008

    yes..figured as much. guess you either take it apart yourself(not too hard to remove outside case) and see that's up in side, with tweezers, or take it over to the local shop. Which do you prefer?

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 02, 2008

    yes..turn power off..

    using a good screwdriver, remove the screws holding the top cover(usually from bottom of chassis, and slide the cover off.

    in side, you'll see a plate, covering the head assembly. remove or retract that..

    and BE CAREFUL with what you use to extract the tape..rubber tipped tweezers are best, since scratching the head surface would compromise the system


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