Every so often the word "DEW" appears in the lower left hand corner of the screen and when this happens the VCR tape will not play; fast forward or rewind. Does anyone know what this DEW represents and how I can get it off? The past few times after a while it just disappeared after a while and then the tape works fine.
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Re: Tape won't play
Moisture from the air has condensed into the VCR; the fact that it disappears after a while confirms it. You can check your manual. however my VCR's manual recommended leaving the unit plugged in and on for 2-3 hours until the unit dried itself out before trying to play a tape. I'd guess you are dealing with really humid air in your area. Air conditioning or a dehumidifier would reduce the humidity in the room with the VCR and prevent the issue in the future. (A dehumidifier will increase the room temperature, though.)
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Re: Tape won't play
The "DEW" warning appears if a VHS player or recorder has built up humidity. This, much like dew found on the grass on a cool morning, is the result of condensation building up, ususally after a temperature change. Once the moisture has evaporated the unit should work properly.
Be sure to keep your TV away from sources of humidity, such as a window or a bathroom/kitchen door. Also, make sure it is in a climate-controlled room away from drafts so the temperature does not change rapidly.
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If the message comes out of your VHS tape recorder, means that humidity is present near the upper drum cylinder.That will stop the VCR from further actions because of danger to lock the tape on the head's surface.The proper actions are to blow inside hot air maybe from a hair dryer or remove cover and place the vcr on a sunny area for 30 minutes.If the error message continues then there;s nothing for you to do .Must take it to a nearest service because a faulty sensor or even a connector is displaced and needs a service person to act further on this.
Does the tape play normally? Does this happen with several tapes when you try to record? Check the record protect tab on the lower left hand side on the facing end of the tape. If this is broken or bent it will not record, you can put a piece of tape tightly across the tab as a repair
Possibly the tape is wound too tight and is not actually playing when in play mode.
Also, tapes can be accidentally erased. If it is placed on a speaker or other magnetized surface it will erase itsself. The magnet draws something out of it.
I'm not sure exactly how it works but I know it happens.
Don't give up just yet. Check with your local video rental store... maybe they know a trick that will help you.
Does the tape hang out when you eject the cassette?
8 seconds is about the time that the VCR brain allows the mechanism to
run when there is a problem before shuting down. Just guessing
from the model number, but I'd say the unit needs a belt job.
It's sounds like the vcr's tape mechinisum is malfunctioning to me. Try unpluging it for a while. It will correct itself. Or it might have
dew sensors if the room is too cold the vcr wont work until the dew it gone off the heads. If it don't have dew sensors
and plays the tape with dew on it might eat the tape.
also if a timer is overlaping or is set to come on right now it might do this.
there is what is called a "dew sensor" in a lot of vcr's that keep you from playing a tape if it senses moisture in the unit because a tape will stick to the video head and get all bunged up. sometimes they go bad and will keep you from playing a tape even when there is no moisture present. if your are electronically inclined you can take the back off and locate the dew sensor, then disconnect it. the constant whirring noise is the unit's way of trying to dry off the video head cylinder. the dew sensor, which is usally located behind the video head, is a dark grey thing about a half inch by half inch and has two wires going to it.
Does it do so on all tapes?
It sounds like you are experiencing a tracking or tape path problem. You might try taking the top cover off, then cleaning the video head. Info is available on the 'net on how to do this. If problem remains, play a tape and see it is wandering up/down across video head. See if any of the tape guides are broken or bent, causing tape wandering.
you may also have a problem in the electronics, perhaps in the servo circuitry, which has to do with careful control of tape speed, video head rotational speed, and certain other parameters. If electronics are bad, then VCR is likely a tosser, unless it is a high $ rig. Most electronics are disposable these days, unfortunately.