Both VCR and DVD lights are illuminated but neither works
First my DVD would not eject, so I removed the cover to get it out. Now, both DVD and VCR lights are illuminated when the unit is powered on, but neither will allow me to load a tape or DVD. I unplugged the unit for days and plugged back in - problem persists. Any ideas?
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If you can see that your VCR has power (lights up) when you turn it on, but it still won't eject tape, then unplug for a and hour or two. When you turn it on again, it should reset itself and start up. Then you should be able to eject cassette.
If there is no power at all, or you think the taped is jammed and you want to save the tape, remove the top panel of the unplugged VCR and gently remove the tape. Good luck!
Always frustrating when a videotape gets stuck in a failing/failed VCR deck. Since all decks use a loading motor and gear system, it would be a simple matter of gaining access to the terminal pins of the loading motor (assuming you can see these from the top of the deck) and applying 9V DC voltage to 'unwind' the loading mechanism - you may get a little bit of tape outside of the cassette, but at least it's ejected. If the DVD deck works as you say, you may be able to continue using this for a while.
If the loading assembly is toward the underside of the main deck, you may need to remove the entire VCR mechanism - then you can apply the 9V to the motor to unwind the gear (it is easier to apply a low voltage to the deck rather than use physical force to unwind gears - as you may damage them) - while leaving the DVD deck in the unit untouched. There should be 2 separate mechanisms in this combo - 1 being for DVD the other being for VCR - as long as you are careful when removing the VCR deck, you should have no problem retrieving your tape (with maybe a little creasing but otherwise undamaged) from it. Be careful when removing the top cover and front panel assembly; you don't want anything broken.
Since VCRs are becoming obsolete these days, it is hardly worth getting this one repaired by any service centre (unless you want to pay a fortune, which is usually more than the retail price of a new combo unit). It's up to you.
NOTE: you cannot operate this unit with the VCR deck disconnected from the motherboard (you will get an annoying error display with the VCR removed). Once you have successfully removed your tape from it, reconnect the VCR mechanism to the board - but do not use it - just use the DVD part if that is still OK. Refit the covers, plug machine into power. Done!
You need a lot of patience to undertake the abovementioned action. Fingers crossed.
If it is the same problem as mine, the drive belt is old and worn and is slipping- therefor the tray will not open. I found this out after I removed the metal cover, and the screws holding the DVD assembly to reveal the motor, pulleys, and drive belt. Now the real problem is to find a replacement belt. Possibly a o-ring the proper size may work, as they are quite easy to find. The original belt has a square cross section, whereas an o-ring has a round cross section, but should work well enough.
After removing the cover on the player, I rotated the gears manually watching as the locking arms retracted. Once I heard a click ,the drawer unlocked and I opened it and removed the dvd. I replaced the cover and it's good as new!
Ok so I took the cover off to see if I could figure out the problem. Don't have a complete solution, but I did get somewhere. There is a silver cylindrical motor attached to the eject mechanism wheels on the VCR side. When I unplugged the tape from the back of the little motor, the progressive light goes out and the sound from the motor stops. When I manually turn the wheel/arm attached to the motor, the other wheels/gears turn and I can manually eject the tape. Also when I get to a certain point, my progressive light starts flashing like yours was. Anyway it all seems to be related to the little motor. I figure if you replace that, it would work. At least that is what I might try, I'll keep you posted.
Just next to the eject button on the actual recorder there should be a tiny pinhole. If you use a small paperclip and insert it, then push, you should be able to manually eject the DVD. Hope this helps!
If you have no indication of power(no lights)you might have to remove the top cover and check the main fuse,it might have opened,sometimes they just blow for no reason but if it is black you have more problems ahead.Make sure the unit is not plug in when you do it.If you have lights(display) and unpluging the unit does not help maybe you should consider buying a new one.