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RCA VR678HF won't accept tape

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Stephen Patterson, Apr 5, 2006.

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  1. I reset the clock on my VCR Sunday morning. When I turned off the VCR,
    it ejected the tape that was in the unit. Now it will not accept any
    tape. The VCR does nothing when a tape is inserted.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. Guest

    Unplug the VCR from the AC power for a half hour.... then plug it back
    in and try to insert a tape.
    For this test don't worry about setting the clock.
  3. This worked until I reset the clock. Then it ejected the tape again.
  4. nvic

    nvic Guest

    First off, when you say it "doesn't accept a tape", do you mean it
    spits out the tape when it is inserted ot does the unit not take the
    tape at all?

    If it takes it and spits it out: Do you have a timer recording set?
    When you are setting the clock, it maybe activating any set programs.
    If so, some VCRs require either a tape with the protection tab intact,
    or no tape when it is turned off. I have a panasonic VCR that does the
    exact same thing when the clock it is set. Just put a blank tape in to
    fix it.

    If it doesn't attempt to take any tape, it may have bad logic
    circuitry. At worst, don't set the clock.
  5. It wont take a tape at all. It's like there is no power to the tape
    loading mechanism. I unplugged the VCR again for about 8 hrs, inserted
    tape, turned off VCR and it ejected the tape. Didn't set the clock this
    time. The protection tab is on the tape. I even tried multiple tapes
    just to be sure it wasn't the tape.
  6. nvic

    nvic Guest

    I used to have a VCR with a similar problem. It was a sylvania. It
    would take the tape, eat it, spit it out, and start flashing "err 3".
    Turns out the Feed reel was jammed with foreign objects. You might want
    to see if the feed reel turns when a tape is inserted before it spis
    them out. The feed reel is the one with all of the tape when the
    cassette if fully rewound. Just remove the units cover, power up, and
    add a cassette. Watch the wheel on the left and right. Do either spin?
    if not, check for toys, and other foreign objects. Let me know what you
    see, nvic.
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