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  • wordking Apr 16, 2008

    2006 Model NV-VP33, DVD / CD Player, Video Cassette Recorder / Player.
    After inserting a cassette in the VCR, it plays for a second or two then stops.
    Everything worked perfectly till a few weeks ago.

  • wordking Apr 16, 2008

    Useless advice - any tape that is placed in the VCR begins to play and then stops. Why?

  • wordking Apr 16, 2008

    That's better!! Looks like I'll have to take in to a service centre, not a good advert for a player less than two years old. Thanks

  • wordking Apr 16, 2008

    2006 Model Panasonic NV[vp33 DVD / CD Player, Vdeo Cassette Recorder Player. Tape runs for a second or two then stops. The tape's content shows briefly on the monitor. There is no spin or whirr. Just the click of the tape stopping.

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Hi,

Assuming that the VCR powers up and the display shows the usually indications indicating no electronic problem, then it is possible that the reason the VCR won't play is because of a mechanical defect.

If the tape will load (slide in even if only partially) but won't play (and auto shuts off), the most likely problem is the belt in the loading motor. it could either be slipping or cut.

If the tape will not even load, then it is the frontend of the loading mechanism.

If on the other hand the problem is electronic, then you would need a service manual or at least a schematic diagram to diagnose. This of course would also require that you be familiar with electronic components and circuitry, the use of a DVM and a soldering iron and safe working practices involved in working with electrically powered devices.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Can you please be a little more specific on this problem please.

First, brand and model of the vcr.

Next, what exactly is happening? (example: can you load a tape and press play and have it try to run or won't the reels spin, etc.)

We need you to help us so that we can help you. This is like asking someone to buy something at a store that they need without telling them what. Thank you for using fixya, will be waiting for your reply.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008

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    Benjamin Patri Apr 16, 2008

    thanks

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Apr 16, 2008

    If both reels are moving, and the tape isn't being eaten, then I put
    money on a very common thing on those; Reel sensors! It's a bit tricky
    to replace them, but I bet that's it. They're phototransistors located
    on the bottom transport PC board, and they pick up mirror squares on
    the bottom of each reel. As the reels turn, the mirrors pass the
    phototransistor and tell the VCR that the tape is moving.

    Please let me know if you need any additional help

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Make sure it is pluged in to the wall
Make sure their is a tape in it
make sure you hit the power button on the VCR itself, not the remote
make sure you hit play on the VCR it self, not on the remote

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You might want to buy a tape cleaner...what exactly happen when you tried to play the tape?

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