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Old 12-01-2005, 13:03   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Tape Deck Problem.

Okay.. First let me say i have a Ford Taurus '97. The Tape deck has the ability to use the CD thing (Just so you know what style i have).

Now for my problem..

I have an MP3 player, and that's all i listen to. So i got one of those tapes you put into the tape deck and it has a wire to connect to the head phone jack. Not sure what they're called. Anyhow, i put the tape in, and it plays for about five to fifteen seconds before trying to switch to side two (or whatever that switch is). I can push either TAPE or the switch side button to change it back. But it keeps doing this. Eventually it displays TDE1 (Which in the manual says "There may be something wrong with your tape") and ejects it. Also, below the "1" and "2" display, there is an M lit up. It doesn't light up for the other tape converter thingy i have that stays in (I have one that it lets play, but it's really shitty, hence my wanting to change it).

Now for the question.

Is there any way i can get it to just read whatever is in there, and not try to change "sides" or detect errors? More or less "breaking" it, by making it just endlessly play, not try to rewind or anything. If no way to do that, is there a way to get it to read the tape correctly?

Please help.
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Old 01-03-2006, 21:10   #2 (permalink)
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Got some things that should help...What's happening is that your tape-player is encountering resistance with the new tape-adaptor (the holes are probably too small). The player meets resistance, thinks the tape is at the end, and then switches to play the other direction, and so on and so on... This is basically a defect of the design of your new adaptor. You can (1) drill the holes out a little larger, or (2) find another way to play your mp3's. Most cassette-adaptors don't sound very good any way...I don't think your old one is necessarily bad, I think they're ALL BAD. So I would take it back for a refund, and buy a wired FM transmitter. You can get one just about anywhere; I saw a Scoche one for about $20 yesterday on the internet. All you do is remove your stereo (easier than you think), remove the FM antenna, plug in the FM transmitter, and then plug the antenna back into it. You will also have to give it a power source as well, but that varies from one to another. Another option would be a wireless FM transmitter, but they don't usually sound as good as the wired version. Those you just plug in your mp3-player, stick it into your cig. lighter, and tune in a radio station. XOX
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