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Tape is locked in Sharp VCR

I have a sharp xa-905 that the tape is in the vcr and the indicator on the front says it is locked. I can not get the tape out

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  • bhollyt Jul 17, 2008

    I have a Sharp VC-685U - made in 1986. A tape is stuck inside. If you plug in the machine it makes noise. If you try to press any of the buttons, it does nothing - no sound or movement of any kind. It doesn't try to eject when you press the botton. I have taken off the top cover and looked to remove the tape deck, but there is a black plastic piece in the way on the right hand side. Not sure what to do at this point. I tried moving the gears on either side of the deck, but they won't move. The machine is not that important to me, it is the tape I want. I hope you can help me. Thank you for your time.


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Take the case off and see if the tape is stuck around anything. if not, remove the tape deck very carefully (make sure it is unplugged first). you should be able to remove the tape fairly easy. the tape may be wrapped around something inside of the deck there, or the loading gears could be out of synch. and if it happens again you might consider getting a new vcr because to replace a new loading deck is cost prohibitive because vcr's are so cheap now.

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