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Commercial Advance feature shuts off vcr.

Taped show. While watching the tape, the show goes to commercial, the commercial advance kicks in and fast forwards, then the fast forward slows down to hunt for the place to begin regular playback, then the vcr shuts down. I turn the vcr back on and it kicks out the tape. This happens with several tapes old and new.

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Check the condition of the rubber pinch roller that holds the tape against the capstan post. As the rubber begins to dry out and have less resiliency, it is less able to pull the tape in either direction during the slow speed search movements. (Hint: this also makes the tape rewind almost slow to a crawl as the tape is nearly rewound to the beginning.) If the VCR tape movement sensors see it go slack or too slow, it will trigger an automatic shutdown to protect the tape and the machine. I have been able to clean and apply a "Re-Grip" solution to the roller as a temporary repair. After a while, it will slip again. Replacement of the roller is the best fix.

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You need to clean the video tape path my freind, or the machine needs an alighnment. you can try to clean it with a head cleaner, and it might work, but most of the time you need to have it professionall cleaned. If you want open this, and it is about the same proceedture with a camcorder to clean a VCR, just take off the top cover of the VCR. Good Luck Please do not forget to rate this thread.

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SOURCE: can not tape from cable, blue screen

If you have a cable box connected now, leave the VCR on channel 3 all the time and use the channels from the cable box.
The way this should be connected is cable in to cable box and cable out to VCR, VCR output to TV IN.
Hope this works for you.

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SOURCE: Have an RCA VR618HF VCR. Have cleaned the head and

Check also to see if the belt(yes this unit has a single belt as the drive) located between the mechanical ch=arrage and the circuit board has not fallen off or broken in half. This belt drives the forward and reverse hubs to pull the tape along the tape path..

This belt is available from the projector recorder belt company for a few dollars. Getting the carrage to seperate from the circuit board requires a repair manual and some patience.

Hope this helps too. ;)

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