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Power problems on VCR

After placing a cassette in the unit, the power is shut off after about 10 seconds.

Also, I have noticed the ejection of the cassette is difficult. Sometimes it ejects on command and other times it refuses to move.

Any ideas on what the problem may be?

Your help would be appreciated.

Mike Izon
Las Cruces, NM

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  • mizon Mar 27, 2008

    Geno,



    I appreciate your response to my problem. Assuming for a moment one of your three suggestions is the problem, what in your opinion is the best way to troubleshoot and any ideas on the cost involved.



    Would it pay to have this unit repaired or dump it?



    Thanks,



    mizon

  • mizon Mar 28, 2008

    Geno,



    The VCR is an Optimus, model #59, about 12 years old.



    Hope this provides you with a little more info.



    Thanks,



    mizon

  • wworsxx Nov 17, 2008

    I have the same promlem. On LG VCR Model L424, it shows "SAFE" and do not do nothing. I can only insert or eject the casset. 


    Anybody know how to turn of safe mode ?


    Thank you!!

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When a tape is inserted or ejected the machine will attempt to tighten the tape by turning the rewind hub for a second, then it watches the counter to see if the fast foward hub turned (thus the tape is tight), if the tape can not turn or the counter sensor is bad then it shuts off (a safety mode to prevent tape damage). So, you could have a bad belt, bad idler wheel, or bad sensor.

Hope that helps...

Geno

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

  • Gene Wells Mar 27, 2008

    You didn't supply a Make, Model, and age on the VCR. Trouble shooting isn't easy because you need to fake the unit out and make it think it has a tape in it. Then try some functions while watching the mechanics.. Especially the rubber idler wheel that sits between the hubs (if yours has one).



    Something you can try is this: If there's a rubber idler wheel, clean it with a Q-Tip and brake fluid, then dry it off with a clean Q-Tip. Brake fluid will re-vitalize the rubber a bit. Also if you can take the bottom off and get to any belts, clean them with a paper towel and brake fluid. Again, dry with a clean paper towel. Re assemble the unit and try it. If it works, then you need to replace those parts.



    That's about all I have...



    Geno


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