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Vidio tape keeps ejecting from machine when inserted

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  • konikfamily Apr 04, 2011


    Hi there,
    I have a Philips Hyperband CATV Tuner VR 488 (Plug & Play ) Vidio Recorder. This information is
    on the outside of the flap where you insert the vidio cassette.
    At the back of the machine is the following . TYPE: VR488/55.
    The problem I have is that when I insert a vidio cassette, it goes fully into the machine , and then
    ejects the cassette immediately.
    I took the cover off of the machine to see what happens.
    I noticed that the tape did not wind itself on to the head of the machine, before ejecting.
    There are 2 rubber bands on this machine. One drives the head, and the other drives the insert/eject
    cassette gear. Could these rubber bands be too streached or is there a switch that is faulty which
    causes the cassette to eject
    I know this machine is very old, but something small that can be rectified will keep it going.
    I am from South Africa and everyone tells me to throw
    the machine away as DVD machines have taken the place of vidio recorders
    I look forward to your reply as best you can.

    Kind regards

    Alf Konik.

  • konikfamily Apr 05, 2011


    Hi there again,
    Thanks for the recomendations.
    Will try looking in the areas you mentioned.
    If I fail to repair, I will buy a DVD player/recorder and make
    everyone happy here at home.
    Once again, thanks for trying to resolve the problem.
    Regards to all.
    Alf Konik



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    Danilo Baraquiel Apr 04, 2011

    hi,thank you for the reply there is a problem on the mechanical loading of your cassette player.the primary cause of this is the mechanical timing of gears and also a worn out rubber belts .To resolve this problem you need to re allign all the loading gears and check for any broken teeth of hears replace if you found very carefull in dismantling the gears and to tell you honestly this is not an easy task and the parts may be not available at the market good luck!



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