Thanks for help on Hitachi VCR not registering tape load :-)
Many thanks for the advice on Hitachi VCR not registering tape load, sounds like my issue.
I've noticed a perspex-like post on the main-board, almost as if it's afibre optic(?) that pokes up into the hole in the base of each videocassette - almost between the spools? There's no visible light that Ican make out from the thing.
Will investigate and if easily available will see if I can replace.
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Re: Thanks for help on Hitachi VCR not registering tape...
You will not be able to see the light because it is Infrared. But if you could get an IR meter you could test it, another way is to use a schematic and a voltage meter to measure the bias voltage on it.
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This might be due to the tape sensor malfunctioning. You will need a schematic, and multimeter, and a LED power meter to work on this problem. When the tape loads it causes an LED sensor to become blocked and then the sensor tells the control chip that a tape is present and the the controll chip allows the tape to continue playing, if the sensor does not work the signal never gets to the control chips and since other events happend and triggered the control chip the control chip looks at this as an error and the stops the tape , some units even eject the tape.
If you do not have a background in electronics, I would suggest that you take the VCR to a qualified shop and have them repair it.
The old idler wheel has been replaced with gears (cheaper and last longer then the old rubber wheel). What you need to do is to gain access to the loader motor and turn it until the carriage begins to move, once the carriage gets to the top and moves outward you should be able to eject the tape with no problem.
Believe it or not VCRs are throw away technology, since it costs as much to repair one as it does to buy a new one. However, there are a lot of people who still hold on to their VCRs.
First power off the unit, then remove the DV's tape housing , power up the unit, and allowed the mechanism to go back to the unload mode, make sure that the tape posts are at unload mode. then unplug the vcr back again, put back the tape's housing in the load position (tape in) power the vcr back on and push eject button to reset tape mechanism.