Question about VCRs
About half way through an E180 tape, the spools slow down and stop. The VCR then goes into REWIND automatically. The cassette also stops when there is a change from an LP to an SP recording and vice versa, and stops and switches to REW. The machine isn't new, but it isn't old and much used either. Thankyou.
The 180 tape is thinner than regular 120's, and they tend to stretch. Your VCR "knows" the speen and that there is information on the tape by looking at and counting the pulses on the "control track" which is like the sprocket holes on a film. The control track is a series of pulses (regularly spaced pips or electronic clicks) on the edge of the video tape. (They are magnetic and can't be seen with the naked eye.) There is a counting mechanism which - based on HOW MANY pips there are - helps the machine to determine whether it an SP, EP or LP recording, and whether there's a recording at all.
If the tape stretches, the number of pulses becomes very irregular and the machine goes haywire. (There are normally about 60 pulses in one second of tape - 59.94 to be exact!)
If the count - because of stretching - is too far away from the norm the machine the machine will "hunt" (and never find out the real speed) - trying to figure out what speed the tape ACTUALLY is running at. If there's no control track at all the machine will just stop.
Your problem is any or all of the above. Throw the tape away.
Posted on Aug 14, 2008
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Your takeup spool isn't moving. Before tearing into it further try putting the cover back on the deck and power cycling it. Hit REW and then try ejecting the tape. If this works, you'll get the tape back but it's likely the deck is dying.
If not, you need to be very careful to get the tape out: You may be able to turn the wheel that moves the tape basket to gently ease it out; otherwise, there are screws on the top of the tape basket. Remove them and gently lift the tape out while carefully unthreading the tape from the tape guides around the head. There'll be two feet of exposed tape--pretend it's glass, it's delicate!
Now the tape is out and you need to thread it back in the cassette. This needs patience, but here goes:
On the front of the cassette, there's a door to protect the tape. Feel the right hand side of the cassette for a small button; hold it down to open the door and keep it open
With the other hand (or with three hands! :) ) put your hand under the right-hand tape reel under the cassette. Carefully turn it clockwise. It will make clicking noises, but it should ease the tape back into the shell.
Beyond that, the cause of the original malfunction will be a bad reel motor, which is probably not fixable, or a bad belt, which you may be able to locate through mcminone.com. You'll have to unscrew the bottom cover to investigate further.
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