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Stays on for 5 seconds, thinks it has a DVD or VHS tape in

Thre is no DVD or VHS tape in the TV, but the screen gives the option to eject? Apparently the tv thinks there is one inside?? TV comes on for 5-10 seconds, then shuts off. Has anyone else had this problem? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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  • Anonymous Nov 22, 2007

    when turned on tv says eject then stop then it turns off. there is no dvd or video tape in the tv. how do i fix the problem?

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2007

    Same problem but it DOES have a tape in the VCR already...can't get it out, and can't get the TV to stay on long enough to do anything about it....pushing the stop/eject button doesn't seem to work. Any other workarounds or do we just need to get my sister a new tv?

  • tiffanyp Feb 01, 2008

    My TV isn't the exact same model but does the same thing. Some days it'll stay on for hours before it does the eject thing, other times it won't stay on. Sometimes a temporary solution is to unplug it and plug it back in, but it still only stays on for a short while. Other than that the TV works perfectly fine. HELP!

  • corvetcrzy Feb 13, 2008

    I have a MWC20T6 and it has the exact same problem. Thinks it has a VHS and shuts off in 5 seconds.

  • landat1 Mar 28, 2008

    My daughter started watching a dvd at that time the televion shut off. When we turned it back on it had eject and the counter time like vcr mode on the tv. I unplugged it for 30 min then turned it back on. It played for afew minutes then went out again. The customer service # was no help she just wanted to make sure I knew it would cost me because as of xmas 07 the tv was 1 year old. Please offer any help.

  • brianna911 Apr 17, 2008

    I have the same problem with mine. I also bought my around Christmas, and I had the same problems with customer service. Like someone said on here, I found that if I stick a tape in the VCR, let it play a couple of seconds, and then press stop, it will play fine as long as I keep the tape in there.

    Also, has anyone noticed the "R" and "C" beside "eject" in the top corner? I was wondering if that had anything to do with the problem. I tried asking customer service about it, but they said there was nothing they could do to help, and that they could give me information for repairs, but I would have to pay for parts.

    I hate that everyone is having problems, but at the same time, it's nice to know my tv's not the only crazy one.

  • barbara patton Sep 05, 2008

    have tv vrc combo eject buttom screen cannot insert vcr tape and tv shuts off every 6 seconds or so


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Replace the ir diode (D1224) under the vcr section. its a clear looking led (bulb like) this solved my problem ... as it was previously suggested as one of the solutions. vcr know function as well as the rest of the tv---- you need to have some background in this work or it will be tough to do .......
But thanks for the help it took care of my problem

Posted on Sep 24, 2008


This problem can be solved by replacing the IR diode on the main board, D1224. It is leaky causing the tape end sensors to think there is a tape in the unit...... Good luck


Posted on May 04, 2008


Just a workaround, but I found that if you insert a tape in the VCR and then press STOP, that the tv will not turn off by itself. Kinda dumb, but so far it works.

Posted on Dec 02, 2007


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I am afraid the set has a bad or broken tape transport, or better known as a bad tape carriage.

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I have an old emerson TV/VCR (Digital Tracking VHSHQ) The TV works fine, but when I put a tape in it is ejected and part of the tape stays inside, but can be pulled out.

Try a VHS Cleaning Tape Cassette. Follow it's instructions. If no better result it's not worth throwing away money on having repairs done but better put toward, if you can afford to, buying:
Option 1. A VHS/DVD player (combo as these are known) and plug that into the Emerson AV input.
Option Two: A VHS/DVD twin recorder combo deck - and plug that in.
Then start on copying any VHS tapes you cherish to DVD on this device.
Option Three: Forget the Emerson except for just using as a TV and buy a new TV with DVD player built in - the latest type of combo.
(I'm having to guess whether you've just used tapes to watch or record and watch)

Vcr cuts my tv off after i put the tape in

The VCR is not turning the TV power off. The tape is not playing. I'd guess maybe it needs a cleaning or a replacment.

Stuck VHS Tape/Power Issue

It sounds like the vcr is not completely loading the tape, and is overloading or getting confused. If you feel up to it, you can take the cover off the tv, find the tape loading mechanism, and 'help' the loading rollers along yourself... once the tape loads, eject it immediately, and you should be off and running again. Just be careful not to touch any electrical connections. If you're not comfortable with that, you're right, it's probably cheaper to get a newer tv - check with a local independent shop first, though, it should be a really quick fix.

VHS tape plays for a few seconds and automatically ejects

My guess would be dirt on the rollers inside the VCR. They sesnse a jam and ejct. Try a VCR cleaner (with cleaning fluid) and see if that helps.

Vhs eject will not release tape.

I had a suggestion that did work. Reach into the VHS compartment with left hand and press down toward the back of the tape. With the right hand press the eject button a few times and the tape did come out. I would not buy a Samsung product again. No help from their 800 tech support. No more playing the VHS side of the player. Lynn

What do I do when my Emerson TV keeps turning off by itself?

I had the same problem with mine turning off after 3-5 seconds. After much research I found a suggestion that on some combo units the vcr part could have a power supply cutout if it is not working correctly. I tried to insert a tape and found that the tape mechanism would not accept a tape. I used a little bit of force and managed to insert a tape. I then played the tape forwards and backwards and the power stayed on! I ejected the tape and found the TV then worked just fine. The power has now been on for over one hour. I hope this give you another avenue to try and fix your problem.

DVD Drawer / VHS Eject button

My 1st suggestion is to pull the AC power plug from the wall, wait 5 minutes (have a smoke or a coffee) and plug it back in.
Then retry the functions that are giving you grief.
Report back with the results and we'll go from there.

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VHS player stops

VCR is set with blank tape..Bring up vcr control on TV with television set on Chanel #3, go to menu
Follows procedure for progamming date,time start,time finish,chanel and.speed and single recording.finally click on menu and turn vcr off. Vcr lights indicate set for taping,,.Does no start to tape at requested time and lights indication taping ready stays on ??????

VHS problem, any help?

It sounds to me like you have a problem with the reel sensors not detecting movement of the tape through the VCR. This could also be caused by a defective voltage regulator(s) that powers the sensors. This model was made by symphonic/funai (1-800-242-7158), and it is not likely worth repairing.

My Tv is turning off by itself

if all you want to do is disable the vcr portion turn the set on , install a blank vhs tape it has to be blank or the vcr will try to read it .and the tv and dvd should work fine. this is a timing problem in the vcr deck its not hard to fix but it is a pain.
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