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  1. Vanessa

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    Help!!! I was just watching an old vhs which was working perfectly fine. I rewinded it to replay it and now whenever I press play the vcr just shuts off. Why is this happening??? What can I do to make it work?
     
  2. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    Welcome to EP, Vanessa.

    Does another tape work in the same vcr? Then it is an issue with the vcr.

    If another tape works, then it is an issue with the tape.
    You may want to try to repait the tape yourself. Here is a starting page with some links that may help.
     
  3. Vanessa

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    It's just this tape, I finally got it to play but had to keep trying and worried it could happen again or the tape might get ruined.
     
  4. Vanessa

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    Also it doesn't show any attached links
     
  5. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    Sorry, I forgot to paste the link.
     
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  6. shrtrnd

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    My experience with old VHS tapes is that the gears inside the tape (on the reels, can 'lock-up').
    On the underside of the tape, in the center, above the reels near the flip door that exposes the tape when it's installed in the recorder, you will see a small 'hole' .
    When the tape is installed, a pin inside the recorder pushes up through that hole, and releases the tape reel stop gears, so that the tape will move when the recorder function to play, fast-forward, or reverse is activated.
    The little hole is a spring-loaded flip mechanical switch, that engages the 'stop' lever inside the tape, or disengages it when the tape is installed inside the recorder.
    It may have broken (the little plastic parts), but you can stick a small diameter probe (like a thick diameter paper clip that has been unfolded, or some other strong object that's the right size), and manually 'unlock' that gear-stop mechanism. I'd push the probe up into the hole and move one of the reels with my fingers to get it moving past the engaged gear-stop, then try to play the tape again.
    If it's broken, (and it probably is since this happened to you), it may not solve the problem. But at least you'll know what the problem is. (The tape itself, not the player).
    My solution with this problem on tapes I wanted to keep, was to open the VHS cassette housing on some other tape that I didn't want, and swap the entire two-reel tape from the tape I wanted to keep, into the housing of the replacement, so that I'd have a functioning cassette. I don't know if you're interested in that fix, but if you are, be aware
    that there are a couple of springs (The flip door of the cassette, and the gear-lock mechanism) that you need to be careful of, so that they don't fly out and get lost.
    Excuse the long post, but I think the above is the problem you're seeing, and I wanted you to understand it.
     
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  7. Vanessa

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    Thank you, will do
     
  8. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    Not to be nitpicking, but that's exactly what is shown in the article I linked.
     
  9. shrtrnd

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    Sorry Harald, I didn't check your video before I added to the thread.
    .... can I sue the guy that made the video for stealing MY fix?
    Vanessa - please check the video Harald linked to. It's probably a lot better than my verbose post.
     
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  10. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    ;) No problem, all is fine.

    As you are located in the USA, you may even be successful in suing the guy. Everything is possible on a country where you can sue M.D. for selling hot coffee without appropriate warning :p
     
  11. shrtrnd

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    Yeah, I might not be politically correctly 'inclusive' in a lawsuit, but the guy obviously wasn't 'valuing my diversity' in laying claim to the solution to Vanessa's problem that I lay claim to inventing 30 some years ago.
    We have PLENTY of lawyers here looking for something to do to help pay-off their college loans and fund their Ferrrari's.
    ... where's my 'safe space' when I need one?
     
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