VCR tape shuts off VCR

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  1. ms

    ms Guest

    I got a bunch of VCR home-recorded movie tapes. All were recorded on normal
    commercial tapes, the "autoplay" tab was still there, so it is the normal
    tape type I use.

    I played several and they are OK. But I played one tape, which looks
    perfectly normal, with strange results.

    After tape is inserted in VCR, the VCR automatically turns on (normal).
    When I start Play, a first movie scene shows, but within seconds, Play
    stops, the VCR shuts itself off.

    The tape looks normal, no damage, etc.

    What is happening here?

    ms
    ms, Mar 8, 2008
    #1
  2. ms

    Meat Plow Guest

    On Sat, 08 Mar 2008 22:16:32 +0000, ms wrote:

    > I got a bunch of VCR home-recorded movie tapes. All were recorded on normal
    > commercial tapes, the "autoplay" tab was still there, so it is the normal
    > tape type I use.
    >
    > I played several and they are OK. But I played one tape, which looks
    > perfectly normal, with strange results.
    >
    > After tape is inserted in VCR, the VCR automatically turns on (normal).
    > When I start Play, a first movie scene shows, but within seconds, Play
    > stops, the VCR shuts itself off.
    >
    > The tape looks normal, no damage, etc.
    >
    > What is happening here?
    >


    Tape inside cassette may be dragging causing the machine to shut down.
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    Meat Plow, Mar 8, 2008
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  3. ms

    Sjouke Burry Guest

    Meat Plow wrote:
    > On Sat, 08 Mar 2008 22:16:32 +0000, ms wrote:
    >
    >> I got a bunch of VCR home-recorded movie tapes. All were recorded on normal
    >> commercial tapes, the "autoplay" tab was still there, so it is the normal
    >> tape type I use.
    >>
    >> I played several and they are OK. But I played one tape, which looks
    >> perfectly normal, with strange results.
    >>
    >> After tape is inserted in VCR, the VCR automatically turns on (normal).
    >> When I start Play, a first movie scene shows, but within seconds, Play
    >> stops, the VCR shuts itself off.
    >>
    >> The tape looks normal, no damage, etc.
    >>
    >> What is happening here?
    >>

    >
    > Tape inside cassette may be dragging causing the machine to shut down.

    Yep, slap the cassette (gently) flat on the table a few times,
    then turn it upside down and repeat.
    After that, do a fast wind to the end, and a rewind.
    That might cure it.
    Sjouke Burry, Mar 8, 2008
    #3
  4. ms

    ms Guest

    Sjouke Burry <> wrote in
    news:47d3172a$0$25501$:

    > Meat Plow wrote:
    >> On Sat, 08 Mar 2008 22:16:32 +0000, ms wrote:
    >>
    >>> I got a bunch of VCR home-recorded movie tapes. All were recorded on
    >>> normal commercial tapes, the "autoplay" tab was still there, so it
    >>> is the normal tape type I use.
    >>>
    >>> I played several and they are OK. But I played one tape, which looks
    >>> perfectly normal, with strange results.
    >>>
    >>> After tape is inserted in VCR, the VCR automatically turns on
    >>> (normal). When I start Play, a first movie scene shows, but within
    >>> seconds, Play stops, the VCR shuts itself off.
    >>>
    >>> The tape looks normal, no damage, etc.
    >>>
    >>> What is happening here?
    >>>

    >>
    >> Tape inside cassette may be dragging causing the machine to shut
    >> down.

    > Yep, slap the cassette (gently) flat on the table a few times,
    > then turn it upside down and repeat.
    > After that, do a fast wind to the end, and a rewind.
    > That might cure it.
    >


    Thanks to all. That tape is now mixed in a big pile of the others, will
    post back when I find it again. Due to the movies, the tapes may be 25
    years old, unused for years, although my own tapes of that vintage never
    hang up that way. I do notice the color is going in one, and several
    video glitches in some of them.

    ms
    ms, Mar 9, 2008
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