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Philips DVD750VR Err 3 Message when trying to play VCR tape.

When I put in a vcr take into my dvd/vcr combo, it ejects the tape, displays the ERR 3 message and turns the power off. I tried putting in a head cleaner and it ate the tape. I'm affraid my 4 heads are bad. Thoughts?

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  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    Err 3 message due to VCR trouble. Try to play DVD but will switch to vcr mode with error message.

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It sounds like the sensor to tell the microcontroller that the tape is moving is not working. If that is so, the VCR would probably do the same thing in FF or Rewind. If you end up taking this unit into a repair shop, have them check the DVD's software version (it should be 1.250) If below that number, have them upgrade that as well. You can check the version yourself by pressing 1,2,3,4 and then "display" on the remote while the unit is on and no disc in DVD. After noting the version, just hit "power" on the remote to exit this mode.

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the video heads are probably dirty.there is a steel drum 1/2 inch thick that you can see if you look thru the front lid where the tape loads.the video heads are little black spec looking things on the bottom of the drum.the easiest way to clean the drum for a novice is to put isopropyl alcohol on a piece of 2 inch square paper.hold the paper very lightly against the drum with your right index finger.turn the drum from the top,anti clockwise.you will see some black stuff on the paper.do the same with a piece of dry paper.otherwise the tape will stick to the drum if still wet.DO NOT use a q tip,as it will get caught in the heads and break them.
sometimes,just running a new blank tape for 15minutes will dislodge the particles and the picture will re appear.if you have recently rented a movie,and saw lines running across the screen,and noise from inside the machine,it is damaged tape going across the heads and drum and it can wipe out the picture just like that.run a blank tape first and then clean the drum if you have to.

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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Most likely the mode switch in the VCR has either gone high resistance, and will need to be replaced, or it is probably dirty, thus it can be cleaned using electronic cleaner (assuming the mode switch is a rotary type encapsulated in a plastic casing (some VCRs incorporated a sliding mode switch - such as National in the early 1980s) - a spray cleaner/lubricant may do the job - not expensive - this cleaner should be available from most leading electronics/hobby stores off the shelf).

The downside is the cleaning of the switch (which should be under the VCR mechanism and soldered to the motherboard) cannot guarantee long-term reliability, so the switch will have to be replaced (this could be tricky being Philips/Magnavox) - but try cleaning it first - this is cheaper and you don't go without a unit for a long time. I hope there are no tapes stuck inside the unit.

In this case, I strongly recommend that you try and clean the mode switch with electronic switch cleaner - it comes in an aerosol spray can and is not expensive. You may need to look around for the appropriate type of cleaner as there is more than one available. CRC is the best bet according to technicians. CRC is a spray electronic cleaner/lubricant - so it will also lubricate the switch contacts as well as clean and remove oxides. Do not use supermarket sprays such as WD-40, or automotive sprays such as ArmorAll.

I do not recommend removal and disassembly of the switch itself to clean it unless you are tech. savvy with several years' experience, and you have some understanding of its alignment in relation to the mechanism. If you are careful, and with the unit unplugged from the wall, you can remove the VCR deck to gain access to the switch on the board and carefully apply the abovementioned cleaner, rotating the switch in both directions gently, to work the cleaner into its contacts. Let it sit for a few minutes, then re-fit the VCR deck, and reassemble the rest of the unit. Plug into power, and test a tape. This simple method should work (you won't need to remove the motherboard to do this, just the front panel and VCR deck) and it only cost you a can or two of contact cleaner at most.

You should not need a new unit.

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