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How do you switch it on?

Which button??

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  • yayayu1 Oct 12, 2008

    cool soo you just push it up or down??? dnt work??

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The Hold button functions as the Power switch. Here's a link for the manual in PDF format:

VN-3100PC manual

Posted on Oct 12, 2008

  • Technosavy Oct 13, 2008

    This is from the owner's manual:
    The HOLD switch functions as a power button. When you
    do not use the recorder, set the HOLD switch to the HOLD
    position while the recorder is stopped. This will power off
    the recorder and minimize the battery drain.
    Power on…Reset the HOLD switch.
    Power off…Set the HOLD switch to the HOLD position.


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