When I load a tape it makes a ding tone and ejects immediately. It will not allow me to loan a cassette. I tried different tapes and fully charged batteries, checked for the tab on the cassette to be in the rigght position.
It was working fine recently, Prior to vacation we saw some lines on the screen so I used a head cleaner to correct problem. It worked great for a few days then it decided not to accept tapes anymore. can you help?
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With power off, you will have to disassemble the player to get access to the tape mechanism. You will find tape is preventing the cassette door from closing to allow ejection. Remove damaged tape. Apply power and press EJECT. Turn power off and inspect the mechanism to be sure all tape debris has been removed, then reassemble the player.
When you press EJECT, the tape has to be withdrawn into the cassette and the shutter closed before the cradle can be lifted to clear the spindles and allow the cassette to be shoved out. You will have to disconnect power and remove the cover to expose the complex inner workings and I suspect you will find a tangle of tape or a broken tape. Some careful work with appropriate tools will allow the tape to be stuffed back into the cassette or (worst case) cut out. You can apply power again and you may be able to observe the sequence of ejection operations before reinstalling the cover.
Not sure about the Toshiba but generally when inserting a cassette it is lowered onto the tape drive. There is a device that will register the presence of a tape which used to commonly be a phototransistor or similar mounted on a short post that is covered by the cassette.
Once the machine knows a tape has been inserted, when play is pressed two vertical rods move towards the heads dragging the tape with them enough for it to make contact with the sound head and wrap part of the way around the video head to make playback possible.
When stop, forward or reverse winding or eject is pressed those two rods move back to the starting position and the surplus tape is wound back into the cassette.
If a cassette ejects leaving a loop of tape that can mostly be pulled out little damaged the reeling in mechanism isn't working. If the tape is jammed and comes free only after breaking the rods aren't returning to the start position.
Engineers use an empty cassette case suitably modified so once the vcr cover has been removed the operation can be observed. The problem might be a worn belt or rubber drive wheel or a problem with the hidden linkages - or it might be an electronic problem.
These dual cassette decks were throw away units in most cases. The belt inside and the grease in the cam mechanism is in bad shape and the deck can not cycle through the steps it need to so as to reach stop. Only stop mode will allow the door block to release. The tape can safely be extracted by a Technician. The deck need work. Dual cassette decks are not always worn the repair cost.
Unplug the power from the combo unit and give it 30 seconds, now plug back in, sometimes this will eject the tape, if not! take the top off the machine and check to see if the tape is spewed in the mechanical section and around the video head, if yes! get a pair of scissors and cut the tape carefully to avoid damaging the video head and remove all tape deb-ri, now power up and eject the main cassette. But! if you find the cassette has loaded in place and the tape is still in the vhs cassette, this would indicate a loading problem with the main carriage, broken belt, bad idler assembly and possibly sensor issues.
thats is because the servo mechanism chip do not detect the cassette,
when its in the housing could be a sensor or the cassette in switch or mechanism its self (missalignement.)
hope that will help you
when mechanism pops out to eject, wait until it completly comes out, deattache battery immediately, and Pull lever as per below mentioned picture. Cassette door will be open and place cassette. Close it and attache the battery. Camera is ready to Record or Playback.
I have the zr850 which I have used less than a dozen times, and it does the same thing as you describe. Was told by canon tech people to try a maxell brand tape and a head cleaner tape. Have not tried their sugestion yet. camera is 3 months old.