Answer to "Why doesn't my tape play"Check the actual tape inside, is there damage? Does it rewind automatically?
Answer to "Turns off after few seconds"I have same problem in that it'll play for maybe 10-20 seconds then stops.
Answer to "VCR won't load cassette. Cassette doesn't drop down when pushing it in."What I did with my digital samsung VHS , was literally hold the tape down until the light comes on (whenever a tape is inserted, I also removed the top off and screws but and pop it on/off). after a couple of seconds, the VCR detects a tape in and the tape itself goes thru the motions (gears , head). then I play it, but it may eject/stop/rewind a little but after 5-6 times or more (keep putting tape in and holding down) it'll eventually play. But this has to be done each time.