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Flashing (intermittent) display [--:--] no full power up

The display flashes 2-3 times then blank for aprox 1 count then repeats. The display shows - - : - - only. I have tried to reset by unplugging and plugging back in which worked a couple of times but haven't been able to get a response since. As the VCR doesn't fully power-up the power button doesn't work and it will not load a tape. I am something of an electronics hobbiest so I am capable of going inside to check/fix/modify the unit to make in function again. It is/was a nice VCR went worked. Please Help! Chris

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Re: flashing (intermittent) display [--:--] no full power...

I don't know how old this machine is but from what you are discribeing is a powersupply problem and it won't startup. if it's an older machine 6-10 years old it may be due to filters in the powersupply goeing bad.from what you say as far as being a hobbyest,Id shotgun all the filters on the power module .or the power supply section. buy that id change all of them mabe 6-8 are involved Good luck Walter Grzybowski

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Re: flashing (intermittent) display [--:--] no full power...

You have a power supply problem and it most likly will not be worth you purchacing a schematic for this unit unless you want to spend 25 bucks + to fix it.

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