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  • jonkeith Jul 12, 2010

    I believe your solution will work although I have not yet tried it. thx


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to remove the stucked tape ,you need tools like screw driver
UNPLUG THE VCR from all source of power :
1. Get a screwdriver.
2. Check out the case and find out where the screws are for the part of the housing you'll need to take off. Take off the part which will expose the part where the tape is! usually the top, and there are usually two screws for it,one on each side. Easy enough!
3. Unscrew the screws. The housing may not want to come off. Don't break anything by forcing it! Check if there's any plastic tabs, etc. which need to be depressed to fully release it. Release any tabs, and patiently work the top off. Eventually it'll loosen up and come off.
4. Stop and LOOK at what you see now. Don't just start grabbing stuff! Your eyes will find the videotape cassette follow the path of the actual tape with your eyes. Visually find the "route" it'll have to take, before it'll come free.
5. The general direction of removal should be "up". But in any case, it should be possible to work it off of all parts it's wrapped around.
6. GENTLY coax the tape off of the intervening parts. Make sure not to put strain on or pull on any parts!!! This is where the repairman expertise is needed. . If you're truly ham-handed, draft someone with more dexterity to do it.
7. Once you've got the tape off the parts and freed up, remove the cassette from the VCR. Hold the door open so it doesn't close up on the tape. If it binds up on something, look and see what it's binding on, release it from that part, and continue removal. It should come right out, and if it doesn't, it's not sufficiently released.
8. Once you've got the cassette and its tape out of the machine, put the cover back on (make sure you engage any tabs that should be engaged) and screw it down. You can plug it back in now.
Now, you have a cassette with some of the tape hanging out. When you try to reel it in, you will find that it won't reel in!!! At least, not unless you know the trick for getting tape back into the VCR cassette, it won't...So here's the trick for getting the tape itself working again:
9. Flip up the flap where the tape is coming out.
10. Straighten out the tape where it's crinkled, and make sure the tape isn't twisted anywhere. Yeah, you'll have to touch the tape. And yeah, it will make a slightly blurry spot flash by for an instant when you play the tape again! But it beats cutting off the damaged part and splicing it!
11. The trick: On the side of the cassette (I think it's the right-hand side, but it may be the left), under the plastic flap you lifted up, there's a little button thing which can be pressed in. Press it in. This will release one of the reels sufficiently enough to be hand-turned.
12. While keeping the thingie pressed in, AND keeping the tape from around until you find the reel that'll move. If it won't turn one way, it'll turn the other way. But you'll find one way which will co-operate and let you reel that tape back in.
12a. If nothing will turn, no-way no-how, use a screwdriver (try a phillips because the head's a bit wider) to push the button in further. It'll go in another 1/4-inch or so. That'll release one of the reels and if it doesn't seem to move then, GUT UP and be more adamant about turning it! The free one WILL move! But it won't "just do it" takes a slight bit of "convincing" (but not outright forcing!). It may make a bit of a ranching noise, too, depending on the tape manufacturer. Remember to make sure to get all the twists and crinks out or it'll just fudge-up again as soon as you try to play it! Especially the twists!!!
13. Let the flap down.
14. BEFORE USING THE VCR AGAIN, RUN A CLEANING TAPE! Why??? Because--You may not be able to *see* the dirt--I wasn't able to on mine--
The best way to clean the head and the capstans is with a Q-tip slightly moist with surgical spirit or alcohol. Make sure that the spirit has evaporated off before turning the power back on. It usually evaporates quickly anyway."

15. Once the cleaning fluid (if you used a wet system) dries, it's time for THE ACID TEST. Play the tape...
16. It should play okay, but if you hear any ranching, other racket, iffy-anything...stop the tape! It's trying to fudge-up again! See if there's anything you can straighten out with the tape. Re-run the cleaner and let it dry. Try again...
17. It should play now. But be attentive when it gets to the part that had been stuck because usually there's a few remaining crinkles and that's a common hanging point. With some tapes, unfortunately, it will take a few runs through with you doing irritating fiddling with them along the way before they will run without any protest again. (With audio-cassettes, you would just manually run a tape back and forth a few times to ready them for play, but VCR tapes are too hard to manually move in both directions instead of one to do that.) If the messed part is at the beginning of the tape or at the end (before or after the movie), the answer is simple--don't rewind it all the way and never play it up till the auto-shutoff point! .
Hope this helpout....

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

  • jonkeith Jul 12, 2010

    I understand. When I open the flat to access the tape it is tilted. I can get my finger in and get the tape out. What I want to know is can this be fixed? Is it the same solution you already posted?
    thx for your help.

  • Sanyade Akinwale
    Sanyade Akinwale Jul 13, 2010

    All you to do is to follow the solution i posted earlier.
    Good luck


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