PROBLEM SOLVED; JUST POSTING FOR GENERAL INFO
I bought a Lenmar VCA38 motorized VHS-C adapter and the first time I put it into my HS-U775 with a tape in it, it got stuck. I took the cover off the VCR and after cycling the power and eject buttons several times could not see what was wrong. There just seemed to be something hanging it up on the front left (as you face the VCR). I was finally able to see that the erase-protect sensor was hooking the bottom of the lip of the recess for the erase protect tab on the adapter. Once I was able to hold this back (had to pull the faceplate partially off to get past the flipping door) the tape then was able to eject. I've since covered the recess with duct tape and the adapter now loads and ejects without a problem.
Also, when I put the VCR back in the entertainment center and plugged it in, it was flashing E4. Per another post here, I just held the power button for 8 seconds and it went away. All is now well.
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I will show you how to eject a stuck vhs tape. I did this on the sony slv-d300p
first, unplug it. Next, take out all the screws on the back. Take off the cover.
Locate the loading motor on the right. Turn the gears next to it. After about 5 minutes, the tape should eject. While its open, take a CLEAN piece of paper, hold it up to the drum, and rotate it with the paper against the back. after 5 minutes, take the paper off and stop spinning. the paper may be dirty. put the cover back on, and try to put in a vhs c adapter with NO vhs c in it. when you put it in, it should spit it back out.
The lever sticks out because you have not put a VHS-C tape in the adapter, or because the tape has not been laced up. There is a single AA battery in the adapter to power the motor that laces the tape.
You don't specify the adapter you have, but most load from the top. The main thing here is that VHS and VHS-C are both the same size of tape. Whether they are recorded in SVHS mode or not will not affect the adapter, just whether or not you get a picture. Theadapter only allows you to put a compact cassette (VHS-C) into a standard VHS VCR. The adapter will require batteries to allow it to place the VHS-C cassette tape into the proper position for use in the VCR.
You must first put on the battery so that the mtor reurns back to the return mode so that the VHS-C can be placed . Once the door is shut after placing the cassette, the tape is wound up and it becomes just like a regular VHS tape. Now if this is not happening there is always a small gear on the back side with which you can manually wind to bring it up to the desired level. If not the motr is stuck or the pulley is running loose. You can open up and check inside , it is a simple mechansim with a switch to activate and return. Check the motor and gears. reset the drive by removing, check the battery voltage to the motor and your adapter will work. hope you check this out. Good day
I have just solved this problem for video - not checked audio as using it for stop frame animation. Just bought a USB Video adapter - Easycap and used the JVC Everio DV mini jack to red white and yellow phono into usb via adapter, install software and off you go. I bought a really cheap one to check-Under £10 new on ebay, also S video compatible. Perhaps a more expensive adapter may give better quality image, can also now transfer old VHS from videoplayer to PC-
Also possible to buy an internal capture card.to slot into your motherboard if you are up for that.
Yes with care.
Simply remove the cover and with care unwrap the tape.
If you must break the tape - but make sure all residual tape is cleanly removed.
Re assemble and put a tape head cleaner through- following the instructions.