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Stuck video tape

I've owned an Emerson VCR755 for years. It's been a great machine. I inserted an older tape to view which did not play. It was then ejected and another tape inserted which played fine. Several days later I inserted the first tape and now it won't eject at all. It also will not fast forward, rewind or any other function. I took the top & bottom off the recorder and the tape appears to be wound correctly but it won't eject. How can I get the tape out of the machine?

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Open the top and take out manually

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Inside the machine there is a belt and or a gear system that removes the tape from the deck. find the gears and spin them by hand. it will lift the tape up retract the tape itself back into the tape and push it out.

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Is the tape protection guard rotated upward (and the tape engaged with the heads)?

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