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Attempts to record onto cassette have failed.
Hi and welcome to FixYa,
Almost always, the reason for the 'Record' button will not "push down" is because the record tab of the the cassette has been removed. There are 2 of these tabs on both ends of the rear of the cassette tape. If they have been broken off, there would be 2 square holes. A workaround is to cover these holes with tape. Of course it is also possible that the metal tab pressing on these tabs are out of alignment (least likely).
Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.
CD-203 power cored
There are six common cords that fit most devices, Radio Shack, Service Shops, Specialty Electronics Stores, and second hand stores should be able to provide you with what is needed. In the rare case you may need to contact the company online as a last resort.
Where to buy a new antenna
They aren't sold to retail customers. Try at repair shops or use one from another radio, they are pretty much generic parts.
Cannot dismantle it to replace
To dismantle; first you have to remove the radio wire from electricity or if you are using a battery, remove the battery before you begin to dismantle.
Get a screw driver and loose all the screws on the radio. Also there use to be a screw at the battery area of the radio and cross check to be sure that all the screws are removed.
At this point, the radio cannot yet be dismantled, because the radio's back and front cover are being key/locked together with its plastic, just like a phone cover. So they need to be unlocked/detached to be able to separate the radio cover.
To separate the cover, get a flat screw driver and use it to forcefully detach the radio cover. Follow the line like, at the edge of the radio and separate the lock one after the other.You need to use force because you might find it almost impossible to detach if you don't.
Also remove the tuner/volume knob if any because you might be unable to dismantle if they are not removed.
Remove the radio handle as well and check other minor things that might make the radio seem impossible to dismantle.
I believe with all these efforts, you should be able to dismantle the phone by now.
I wish you the best of luck.
Not sure how much you are familiar with replacing boards or transformers but, if you have never done this before - i would suggest not to. Walmart sells the Durabrand's and yours is currently going for about $20. The thermal fuse itself will probably be around $2-$5 and the transformer probably around if you find it at an electrical store or if you order it online then pay S&H along with the installation time, you pretty much will come out even (unless of course you are an electrician or have some sort of tech background). Also the surge may have also created other issues along with the transformer and you may have to spend additional money. Lightning hit our house and blewout a transistor on my TV board - i knew I could replace it, but instead went out and bought a new one thinking I may have additional issues. I bought the new one and being spiteful decided to fix my TV - I was right I would have ended up paying almost $400, so I tossed it. If you are "hell bent" on fixing your radio I would suggest checking out this FAQ before you do anything - I have found it useful before and saved some change at the same:
Good Luck and Happy Holidays..
Try removing the AC cord from the back of the boom box, it activates a switch that lock out the batteries. On mine it sets in there pretty snug and required a little tugging.
Radio Shack carries various replacements. Make sure you know how your broken one mounts because they can look the same, but there may be a variation that will prohibit you from connecting it. If you can, take the broken one with you to match up. If they do not have it, check with a local electronics shop. They may also have a replacement for you.
Player reads DVD as bad
Are you using the correct format disc.If you are playing a blu ray disc in a non blu ray player the player will not read the disc
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