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Back in the 90s I used to fix my audio cassettes all the time when they'd get stuck in the tape player. How is it caught in there? Is the actual tape wrapped around one of the heads in the VCR or is the cassette itself stuck in there?
Does the tape play in the VCR?
Once you get the tape out, I'd just throw it away. If you had the right equipment you could transfer its content to a computer but probably better to throw it away and ask for someone else's tape/DVD of the performance.
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Originally Posted by Grgranny
I have retrieved video from tapes before and the portion of tape that was "caught or damaged" was the only part effected on the video playback.
I had this happen only when I used a tape for recording more then a couple of times - as in taping over something on the tape then trying to playback. The bottom of the tape becomes worn and starts to fall out of tracking because of the guide pins on the record head. It then will not feed around the head and the retainer wheels inside the VCR. There is other possibilities but I will go into that as we go. Tracking is the suspect issue with the tape itself, it is likely not an issue with the VCR now. It could have been to start - a VCR could have damaged the tape - but now it is the tape and or cassette.
Anything you touch will only really effect the part of the tape you touch, a reason this is HEAVLY not recommended - touching the tape - it causes irregularities on the tape that could cause problems with the head in the VCR. Could be abrasive to the head or effect the head with oils from your hands.
A couple of questions -
When rewinding the tape "by hand" you had to push a button release (a "hole that if you push a mini screwdriver into it "clicks" a tab and goes into the cassette) that is on the underside of the tape to free the wheels and allow them to pull the tape in the correct direction. You can get the tape to "pull" back into the cassette going the wrong direction with the wheels turning too, so this is why I ask. Look into the tape windows and make sure it is wound from the outer edges of the wheels - they should be mirror images the way the 2 wheels have the tape feeding.
You also must have the "protective door" (front part of the cassette that is fed into the VCR ) opened by a button release on the side of the cassette and hold it open when spooling the tape back in. If not this could cause the tape to either fold and creese so badly it will always get jammed or flip the tape to the wrong side and cause a similar problem.
I have transfered the tape from one cassette to a different one but this is a "tricky" procedure. This was a necessary change because the tab or button, I was talking about, became locked in position - it jammed the wheels.
What I am trying to say is that all is not lost but I need to know specifics of how you rewound the tape back into the cassette - no details left out. The way the tape looks with the front protective door open. And how the tape is reeling onto the spools inside - viewable though the windows on top.
Anyhoo, don't throw it away just yet. It most likely is savable. I could do a little video for you or some pics to try to explain. But all is not lost. I love to help you Grgranny - as well I think most here would.
Well once you get it out of the second VCR. I have cut and sliced video tape before as well. All is not lost. Don't throw it away just yet.
Last edited by SeaniBu; 01-31-2007 at 01:58 AM.
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