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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?

  2. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    Tape inside cassette may be dragging causing the machine to shut down.
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  3. Sjouke Burry

    Sjouke Burry Guest

    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.
  4. ms

    ms Guest

    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.

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