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I have a tape which I'm anxious to play to convert to a CD, but it just won't play ! It will fast wind both ways but on play just shuts off. (It hasn't been played for a long time) It does this on several different machines, so it's not a drive belt problem. I have tried putting the tape in a different holder, but no go. I noticed however that the tape seemed to be undulating with regular vertical marks along it, so it seems that the tape itself is the problem. Frustratingly, I got it to play for a few minutes by actually smoothing out a portion of tape and trying it; but later even after playing for 5 -6 minutes it suddenly stopped again, and wouldn't even re-play the part that I had played ! Any ideas how I can get the information off the tape ? Or how to treat it so the machine doesn't reject it ? John G.

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If you wind the tape by hand (with a pencil or screw driver etc.)is the tape easy to turn or move from one end to the other with out any binds? If not It may be wound unevenly, smacking it down on a flat surface a few times on each side will usually free it up. Hope this helps.

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  • jgozza May 22, 2011

    This is the weird thing ! The tape winds quite freely by hand - in fact I finally wound it all the way through to try and smooth it out - but still glitches up when played. In the end, my son found a portable player which did manage to pull it through sufficient to record off it the part I wanted.... but then, mysteriously, the player itself suddenly stopped giving out any sound while the tape rolled - and subsequently. If the two were connected I don't know --- but now the tape still jams on every other machine....

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