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Old 09-29-15, 02:09 PM
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Problem with Magnavox DVD Recorder/VCR combo

A few days ago, I went to play a VHS tape in my Magnavox DVD recorder/VCR combo and ran into an odd problem. The tape went in fine, it started playing, but then, after six or seven seconds, it stopped playing and the whole unit shut down. I tried it a few more times, but met the same results. A little digging online didn’t reveal much, but I did find a thread on some other site that described a problem similar to mine. That site said the problem may be a manufacture defect, which means I’d be out of luck on getting it fixed. Has anyone else run into something similar or have an idea of what the problem might be?
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Old 09-30-15, 09:49 AM
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This is going way back, but I seem to remember having a similar problem with a VCR many years ago. The tape would go in fine, play for a little bit then stop and the recorder would shut down. Tried a different tape, and didnt get the problem. Put the original tape back in, and got the same problem. Turns out the tape I was trying to play had not been stored properly and the actual tape inside had become stuck to the layer underneath. I manually advanced the tape a bit, then manually rewound the tape a bit, popped it back in, and it played fine. The player apparently was trying to play it, hit resistance, and went into some sort of overload protection kind of thing and shut itself down.
May not be your problem, but worth a look. Did you try playing another tape?
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Old 10-01-15, 08:29 AM
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Re: Problem with Magnavox DVD Recorder/VCR combo

I have tried other tapes, recently, and had the same result. I bought this DVD/VCR combo around 2009 from Big Lots, and thought the VCR portion worked then. However, I never used the VCR much because I had another one hooked up in my bedroom, although that is long gone at this point. I remember encountering this problem a couple years ago, but thought the tape might have been bad and never investigated it. Maybe the VCR never worked?
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Old 10-01-15, 03:44 PM
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That is possible. Have you tried putting a tape in and try fast forwarding all the way through? I would use a tape you dont care about.
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Old 10-01-15, 07:50 PM
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Re: Problem with Magnavox DVD Recorder/VCR combo

If you have the same result with other tapes, than it could be a problem with one of the sensors, possibly a bad connection maybe even a flaky mode switch, It is also possibly a mechanical problem such as a bad idler gear, lubrication problem or something else.

This is a good faq to read if you want to learn something about vcrs
http://www.repairfaq.org/sam/vcrfaq.htm#vcrabortspr

Since this is a newish combo unit it would have no idler tire, but a idler gear instead. Also a lot of the vcrs in combo units were no were near as good as the standalones
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Old 10-02-15, 11:17 AM
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That is possible. Have you tried putting a tape in and try fast forwarding all the way through? I would use a tape you dont care about.
I tried that last night. The VCR would fast forward about two minutes, then stop and shut down. It doesn't appear as though the tape is being damages or anything.
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Were you FF in play mode or with tape not engaged? If the tape is not engaged I'd bet on the belt drive mechanism. Try rewinding a tape from complete end to beginning see if it makes it all the way.
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Re: Problem with Magnavox DVD Recorder/VCR combo

Most VCRs made after 1990 or so are junk. They REALLY blew it with the DVD/VCR units as they made both parts of them junk.
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Rule of thumb is anytime they combine 2 or more electronic items, and charge about the same for the one item that they would charge for each item individually, the quality is diminished.
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It's been my experience that an electronic dedicated to a single function performs that function better.
Exception being BD players seem to upconvert DVDs better than upconverting DVD player.
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Old 10-08-15, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by rw2516 View Post
It's been my experience that an electronic dedicated to a single function performs that function better.
Exception being BD players seem to upconvert DVDs better than upconverting DVD player.
I agree with the first statement. Never really thought about the second, or had a chance to test the two, as I have never had a dvd player and a blu ray player hooked up to the same monitor simultaneously. But on the face of it, it makes sense.
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Were you FF in play mode or with tape not engaged? If the tape is not engaged I'd bet on the belt drive mechanism. Try rewinding a tape from complete end to beginning see if it makes it all the way.
When I tested FF, the tape was not playing. I can test FF with the tape playing when I get home tonight.

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Most VCRs made after 1990 or so are junk. They REALLY blew it with the DVD/VCR units as they made both parts of them junk.
The weird thing is, the DVD player on this works fine. It's just the VCR that's crapping out.
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When I tested FF, the tape was not playing.
I willing to bet it's mechanical then, not electronic. Most probably the drive belt is slipping. The shut down probably a protective measure to prevent damage to tapes.
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The weird thing is, the DVD player on this works fine. It's just the VCR that's crapping out.
The VCR and DVD are both separate chassis connected to one board. Often the power supply is on the same board, but sometimes there are separate boards for the power supplies. The vcr part of combo units is usually what gives problems first.
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