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Vcr won't play

Power is reaching the unit, indicator light comes on but when I hit PLAY, nothing happens, red lights begin to flash and I can't fast forward or rewind

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  • anthony123 Mar 20, 2008

    what's wrong?

  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    same problem, mine accepts and ejects the tape but nothing else!!

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