OK, I know this is probably hopeless, but you people have amazed me on more than one occasion, so I’ll try anyway.
I have an old VCR (maybe 10 years old!) that seems to be asking for retirement. When I try to play a tape in it, it’ll play just fine – for a while. But then suddenly, after a length of time that has varied from 3 minutes to about 50, it’ll just stop dead, as if someone had pushed the stop button. Once in a while it’ll even start rewinding, as if the end of the tape had been reached.
I thought the problem might be that the tape somehow isn’t feeding properly through the VCR’s roller mechanism, thereby causing the machine to stop as a kind of safety precaution or whatever. But I took off the cover and watched it run, and there didn’t seem to be any such problem. I cleaned off the rollers and other doodads inside, but the problem persists.
Any ideas? The VCR is not worth taking into a shop to have it fixed, and I have a newer one anyway; but if there’s something I can try to keep it running, I’d love to give it a try. Thanks!