M4 9914 tape loading questions
jfoust at threedee.com
Thu Jan 19 14:49:19 CST 2006
At 01:04 PM 1/19/2006, jim stephens wrote:
>first: removing the top of the reel was a bad idea. It's parallel alignment to
>the bottom of that reel is key to the proper function and handling of the tape.
>put it back on very carefully and pray.
It actually seems to be working better now, for what it's worth. :-)
Yes, I replaced the lid in the same orientation with respect to
its one large air hole.
I watched the process more closely. Perhaps the tape *does* engage on
the takeup reel. As it loads, it unrolls from the tape. The tape seems
taut. It feeds a bit from the reel to the takeup for a few seconds, then stops
and rewinds back completely to the source reel. Then the display says "N T U".
However, my slight suspicion is that it hadn't actually engaged
because the take-up reel seemed to be turning slightly more quickly
than the source reel - as if it hadn't "stuck".
>shaped, and to have a nice flat leader once it wraps. after a few turns of the takeup reel
>it should lock down. The drive senses this change in motor torque and assumes the tape is
My first guess for a tweak would've been to bend the leader slightly to
favor its wrapping around the takeup reel.
>Sometimes all you need to do is just wipe the first foot or so of tape on a reel with a clean cloth and try it again (assuming it is not wrecked or damaged). and it will work.
Clean, dry cloth? To remove dust, reduce slickness or increase static?
Or a TexWipe?
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