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Flashing auto display - won't power up

I have a JVC HR S5400U VCR. Display flashes "auto" and unit will not respond to any buttons on VCR or remote. Inserting tape powers up unit only long enough to accept cassette. Manually pushing on cassette inside unit will cause unit to power on only long enough to eject cassette. I have already unplugged unit for several hours and tried holding down the power button on VCR and remote for 10 seconds, but no change. Thanks in advance for your help!

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  • shermankat Apr 27, 2008

    I have the same problem except a tape is stuck.  But the unit is flashing Auto and the power will not stay on.  Any ideas??? 

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2009

    I have a toshiba VCR that is not responding to anything. It is just flashing AUTO. AHH..I need help

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The infra red light in the middle of the mechanical deck, that powers the left and right photo sensors is not ok.It looks like a small lamp( you cant see it when it works-Infra red mind it).The video cassette has a large round opening in the bottom towords the front, and accomodates this lamp.please check it out.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Will not release the cassette when ejected and breaks the tape.

there is a spring attached to the tape release gear that will eventuall wear out through time, also, sometimes the rubber belts wear out and throws the timing off.
That would be the first two things to check. Make sure spring is not stretched. Try testing with cover off and watch to see if the part holding the back of the tape releases.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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