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To preserve the life of all your electronics

If you have a tv, vcr, dvd player, anything at all that plugs into a wall, when you turn it off with the remote control, the unit is in standby, it isnt off, and there fore still using power and causing the components inside to heat up and fall victem to general use, even when not using the item.
Always, to try and preserve the life of your devices, please turn them off at the wall to ensure that you are not causing unwanted use to your devices, as well as watch how much power you save over a 12 month period. Which is also good for the earth. :-)

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When I press the TV/VCR button on the remote, the picture on the TV becomes fuzzy and we see no signal from the DVD player. The first sign we were having trouble was that we couldn't set the time automatically.  We did it manually, and at that time the DVD was still working.  A day or two later it stopped working, as described above.  


The TV/VCR button is usually not a function of a DVD player itself.

Normally this is a button on VCR remote controls that allow you to switch between whats playing in the VCR or whats coming in from the 'air/cable signal' from the cable or antenna wire on the back.

If this is a VCR/DVD player combo unit it would appear that the TV may be on the wrong channel for proper operation of the VCR functions (ch 3 or 4 are usually the selectable option on the back of the unit).

Make sure your DVD player is plugged into the correct input on the TV(video 1/svideo/or component ) and the TV is tuned to that same input. If the TV is on the correct input then the TV/VCR button shouldn't do anything at all which is normal operation when watching a DVD. If this doesn't clarify please reply with the model # of the unit. I would be happy to help more.

Aug 05, 2009 | Panasonic Televison & Video

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ssd803 dvd won't recognize universal remote


Sorry to say that most universal remotes do not work well with combo devices ie. vcr/dvd, tv/vcr, and so on. One thing you can try doing is to program the vcr portion of the remote to controll the vcr side, and the dvd protion to control the dvd side. More than likeley there will be a lack of functionality since combination units have buttons that would not be needed on individual devices.

I have found that the Logitech Harmany universal remotes work very well with anything but they tend to cost quite a bit more. You might be able to find a basic model on ebay or amazon for around $50.

Apr 26, 2009 | Sylvania SSD803 DVD Player/VCR

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