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Some tapes will start and immediately shut down

I have a Toshiba M655 VCR which plays back OK. But, on some tapes, it immediately shuts down. I watched with the lid off it it looks like the take-up reel on the bad tapes has trouble turning. The tape starts to back up by the capstan and then it shuts down. Sometimes, if I hit PLAY a second time it will work OK.

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The vcr is on threshold of belt life. try replacing (or cleaning with alcohol) the take-up reel belt. The vcr has a built-in time-out feature to protect the video tape. if it takes too long for things to happen, shut-down occurs.

Posted on Aug 30, 2007

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  • Anonymous Sep 03, 2007

    do you still need help with this?

  • Anonymous May 06, 2012

    It has been cleaned and all tapes shut down, even new ones.

  • Thijs Meindertsma
    Thijs Meindertsma May 28, 2014

    I have a Sony HVR-A1U with the same problem. First I thought it was the battery, but even with a new battery, the camera shuts down after a couple of seconds. I don't know what to do



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