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VCR playback issues

The VCR component of my machine will only play back tapes that it recorded itself. it's the weirdest damn thing. I can record programs and watch them perfectly fine, but if I put in a commercial pre-recorded tape, it plays the picture for about 2 seconds, then stops itself. it has similar trouble when I pop in a tape that was recorded by a different VCR.

it's not a connection problem, because DVD, television channels and tapes that *will* play come out just fine. and obvioulsy it's not even that the VCR doesn't work at all, so we're just stumped about why it's selectively rejecting tapes.

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  • meltem09 Jun 18, 2008

    thank you! I'm going to repost because a VCR with that problem might have a different cause than a DVD player (er, just by logic...I don't know much about electronics)

  • meltem09 Jun 18, 2008

    leethedeuce, it doesn't actually eject the tape. instead, the video cuts out and leaves me with that blue screen. the tape stays in the vcr.

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It is the tape led that creating this problem . it requires proper alignment of the lens.u will hve to get it done by technician.

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Hi there.

It's deffinately missalignment of the tape head.

Was it dropped at all - or moved?

Worldvet has a solution, but a simpler method may be to GENTLY pull on the read spool assembly.
In theory, the problem was cause by inertia causing the tape head to drop, this may be aleviated by moving the reader up.
The question is - by how much? Trial and error running the thing on the bench with a pre recorded tape untill you get a good signal.
Please be careful when working with live equipment. If in any doubt, use an experienced technician.

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Ok this is actually a comon problem. The heads are not alighned right. Which will make recording and play back not a problem but other videotapes won't play because the tracks are off in regards to the heads.
If you are patient you can adjust the heads yourself but otherwise a video shop can have that done in 5 minutes.

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Hello,

This is a common issue with VCRs. Your situation is not unusual and has to do with the tracking. Most VCRs won't allow you to manually adjust tracking anymore and rely on automatic tracking. Unfortunately this means your VCR has to read the very bottom of the tape correctly to get the tracking data information. When the alignment path on your machine is off as much as it is, you will have this issue.

This can be resolved by adjusting the tape path height inside the VCR. But, do not attempt to adjust the tracking head height while in playback, you will damage the head as it is hunting for the tracking data path. You have to make each adjustment and then insert the tape from another source and notice the changes. What you do is move the tracking path head downward incrementally so you can read your tapes and tapes from another source. You can find the tape path schematic for your model by using Google.

Hope this gets you headed in the right direction but I'm not certain you will be happy with the results.

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Hard to say without seeing it but it may be the LED under the prism in the middle of the circuit board, it is a common problem on philips VCRs. After it ejects the tape does it try to pull the carriage back down?

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

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    Lee A. Jun 18, 2008

    Yes most likely you will need to have the heads and led aligned. As this will most likely cost you around what new unit is. I would just replace it. You can pick dual dvd/vcr decks for fairly cheap. If you need anything else let me know.
    Thanks,
    Lee


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    Lee A. Jun 19, 2008

    I'm sorry did you not find this helpful at all? If not how can I assist you further?
    Thanks,
    Lee


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I had a similar issue with a DVD player, in that it wouldn't play any commercial or rental DVD's, but it would play them if I burned a copy on my laptop. Turned out to be board inside the machine. I had to replace it.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

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    Ryan Rogers Jun 18, 2008

    Sorry I didn't mention that it was a DVD/VCR combo. The VCR end didn't work either.

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