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Tape Playback When I insert a tape, it begins to load but the does not quite complete threading and instead of the Play button lighting up,  the F FWD button illuminates.  After a few seconds the process quits.

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  • kevinmon Apr 02, 2008

    It was a belt.  But after replacing the belt, and using the unit for
    a few minutes with no problems, after the last tape ejection, all the
    lights went out on the unit like it lost power but there was still power, both AC and DC and no blown fuses that I could find.  I eventually gave up and found a Sony VO 9600 in great shape on Ebay for very little.  You can't give these things away now.



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Check the end sensor

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