You are here:

TV/VCR/Stereo Troubleshooting/eject problems with vcr/dvd combo

Advertisement


Question
My Sylvania dvd/cd player with video cassette recorder,Model DVC841G, has recently had trouble ejecting the vcr tape. The VCR cassette comes out, but leaves the tape still looped on a spindle,to be unlooped using a wooden orangewood stick. I then rewind the dangling tape by hand. It does not do this every time, and sometimes I can push the tape back in and re-eject it successfully. I think I got this unit in 2007, maybe earlier. No other problems.  I tried using a scotch vcr cleaner cassette, but it didn't solve the problem. I just sprayed the inside with canned air, and cleaned off the spindles with a q-tip doused in alcohol. Not sure yet if that worked. Please let me know if you can diagnose the problem and provide a solution. All I really need is a unit that I can program  to record my regular tv shows,not necessarily a vcr, maybe a dvd recorder, but nothing is on the market with a tuner anymore. Not sure what will work on my cable tv provider if I don't have a cable box with tuner. I don't have tivo. One other question: Ever since I attached this unit to my new HD TV it needs the volume turned all the way up to hear the vcr tapes or dvd movies--can this be corrected? It worked fine with my old analog Magnavox tv. I appreciate any suggestions and help.  Thanks.

Answer
Sylvania brand is low level in quality and performance.

It is not intended that the lower cost units are to be repaired because the repairs are always more costly than purchasing a new machine - and yours certainly needs repair on both accounts that you have expressed.

So, I suggest you go to Walmart or Bestbuy and just buy a new machine.  Yours had done its job and its useful life is expended, sorry to say.

Hope this helps.  

TV/VCR/Stereo Troubleshooting

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


cleggsan

Expertise

Consumer Electronics of all kinds. Audio, esoteric audio systems and components, video, tv. Digital equipment for consumer use. Ham radio and automotive electronics. Note: I give advice on tv repair based on general consumer electronics engineering experience but I am not engaged in actual repair of sets. MAKE SURE YOU GIVE THE MAKE AND MODEL NUMBER AND AGE OF THE SET. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR THE RETURN ANSWER DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS AS I TRY TO REPLY TO ALL QUESTIONS WITHIN THE SAME DAY IF NOT THE SAME HOUR.

Experience

Electrical Engineering; recording, broadcasting, design, international standards, tv and radio theory and practice.

Organizations
FELLOW of AES (Audio Engineering Society)
Senior Life Member of IEEE (Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers)
International Consulting Organization


Publications
IEEE Spectrum
Various Consumer Electronic publications

Education/Credentials
BSEE
MSCS
MBA

Awards and Honors
Famous Engineer for Digital Audio

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.