Flashing '2' or '1' or '4' when I try and play a tape
I've been trying to play tapes on our Philips VCR but it won't work.
The connection VCR to TV is fine but when I put in a tape instead of playing it goes straight to grey fuzz on the screen, the VCR seems to turn itself off because you don't get response to any buttons being pushed and the display flashes a number - usually 2, but also 1 or 4. The only button that will respond after that is the standby button - if you press that it goes back to PO1 etc. on the display (showing what's on TV) and the tape ejects.
One tape I tried seemed to try and play for a few seconds but all there was were grey squiggles on the screen and no sound. Then the tape got tangled in the mechanism and had to be gently pulled free after unplugging machine.
I noticed someone else on this forum got flashing 2's after extracting a tangled tape... and it seemed to be a problem with the tape playing mechanism or gears.
Could someone help me... I would like to know if there's anything we can do ourselves or indeed if there is any life left in our machine?
Re: Flashing '2' or '1' or '4' when I try and play a tape
The idler on your machine needs to be changed and also the drum head of your machine needs to be clean.tape head cleaners can be bought from any electronic shop.the idler must be changed by qualified techn
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Thanks for using FixYa. Please check the eject mechanism and the drive motor connected with the tape mechanism. Try and align the drive motor. Also check the push-pull arm of the tape mechanism and make sure that the springs connected with the mechanism are fine.
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Hey there, Here are some ideas; I would clean it one more time to make sure that its nice and clean try playing a different tape on your VCR and check the channel on your VCR, and thats if you are using a channel 3 or 4 on your VCR, concur with each other. Meaning if you have Channel 3 on your TV you should have Channel 3 on your VCR. Thats a really old method. If you use a coxial cable unplug it and replug it in again sometimes there is no contact at one of the ends therefore disconnecting or connecting it again would help. Just see if that works and usually that was the problem when i use to have problems with my VCR. Let me know if that works out for you alright.