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RCA's save button

My vcr does not want to work. I put the tape in and it doesn't do anything but says save on the screen (of the vcr). What can I do to it so that it can work? Is their a button I have to push to get the save off of it so it can work? It won't do nothing at all It don't even turn off or on. Can you please tell me what I can do to fix it.

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  • vcr-beat-me Dec 04, 2007

    (we have an old tv & have to chg ch thru the vcr. we've done this for almost 2 years) few days ago it shuts off and says SAVE. I put a none recordable tape in and it ejected it. I put a rec'able one in and it kept it! It won't turn on or eject this tape. has the time on its view sceen till we push a button then it says SAVE. What can I do. We tried unplugging the power a few times, no go.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2008

    the panel of my VCR shows the word "safe" and i can not use it.

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This model seems to be developing a variety of problems and those I have read could be caused by failing power supplies since poorly filtered or unstable supplies can cause unpredictable problems.
If I am correct, you will need a tech to do some checking and servicing these has become questionable from a standpoint of cost and (some) parts availability.

Although the problem description is not the same, the message I posted a few minutes ago may be useful in your cases too:

"The clock uses very little power so a weak supply might still be able to provide stable voltage to it.
All the other functions require enough power to drag down a supply that is on its last legs and I think that is where the problem lays.

If the display brightness seems normal, then either a different section is being used for the missing functions or a weak capacitor in the power supply can no longer filter the DC voltage well enough to provide stable voltage to motors, the main board, etc.

To determine what is at fault will require some technical skills and a couple of instruments normally not found at home.

About the only thing you might try on your own is to open the case, look for a customarily separate board that appears related to the AC input cord which should be unplugged at this time.
You will see cylindrical parts ranging in diameter from 1/4" to about 1 1/4" and various heights.
The tops are normally visible and the cases are of aluminum. Look for any that seem to have bulging tops or a crusty deposit around their base.
Those things are visible indicators of failure.

If you find such parts and have an appropriate soldering iron (not a higher power 'gun') you might remove these and buy replacements.
That could be a problem since most electronics supply places won't even talk to you.
If you want to try on line, look at www.mouser.com , one of the few who will sell single quantities of parts.
The values will look something like this:

100uF/16V

These parts are polarized so if you don't see a '+' or '-' on the board, be sure to mark it before removing so any new part does not fail immediately after replacing."

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If you have a cable box connected now, leave the VCR on channel 3 all the time and use the channels from the cable box.
The way this should be connected is cable in to cable box and cable out to VCR, VCR output to TV IN.
Hope this works for you.

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SOURCE: rca vcr will not take tape

Thanks for the info! . If you can not set the time using buttons, and it does not respond to the menus via the remote control, and the display flashes dashes, it sounds like your microprocessor (controller) chip has gone bad, and the power-on boot is failing, so nothing happens. . Your VCR is very dead. . It blew a single transistor in a very bad place. . Slipping or broken belts are fixable, broken processors are not. Some other broken parts are fixable, but not many. VCRs were made to be repaired in the old days, but not for long. There is a Johnson VCR repair down the street from me, he keeps old dead ones for parts, so he can fix most anything (people often give him their VCRs for free once they hear what it will cost to fix it). Repairs start at about $250, so I just buy a new one when one of mine fails (I have about 4 of them, 2 of which are dead, and I have fixed two of them). . Note - parts from one model can rarely be used in another model, so a repair shop can only replace parts using parts from other broken machines. The spinny video head is the exception to that rule, and some of the switches too. . VCR repair parts are usually available for 2-3 years, so if it is a recent purchase, you may be able to get it fixed, but VCR parts are a bit like car parts in that the individual parts would cost way more than the VCR cost, without including labor fees to put them together. . If you just bought it, return it. . If you have a warranty, use that (if you want to pay their fees for S&H and there may be an additional fee).

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