Remove a Jammed Tape from TV/VCR combo

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My daughter has a 13" Emerson combo tv/vcr it shuts its self off after a few seconds is there any thing I can do, its not worth spending the money to fix it. If not how can I get the tape out of the vcr without it working.

-submitted by Ken


If a tape is jammed in a nonfunctional TV/VCR combo, it can be very difficult to remove. One of the clear problems with combos is that the VCR compartment is nearly impossible to get to in the event of a failure. Considering it only powers on for a few seconds, a defective tape in the VCR could be cause of the problem, rather than the result. The only way to know for sure is to remove the tape, but be aware that the tape could be unsalvageable.

If you plan on throwing away the combo, the only course of action you have is to take the combo apart and try to get a clear shot at the VCR compartment. If you're uncomfortable doing it yourself, or want to get the unit repaired, you can take it to a service center to have it removed for a fee.

If you can't get it out yourself, find out how important the tape is to your daughter. Many VHS tapes can be replaced for 5 to 10 bucks at a local movie store. Better yet, you could rebuy the movie on DVD, that way your daughter can play it thousands of times, and you're another step further from VHS entirely.

If you do get it out without destroying the VCR, find a tape that you won't mind getting eaten and try using the combo again. If the last tape was the problem, the combo may still be operational.

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