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DVD/VCR combo player won't work

I have an Apex VCR/DVD ADV 3800. Has worked fine until two high school boys came to visit over Thanksgiving holidays. Now I cannot get the thing to display any image on screen. I have S video connected, RCA video cables connected. TV works fine on it's own. Neither VCR or DVD works. I think the problem is getting the "picture" from the Apex box into the TV. ??????

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  • bzman163 Mar 21, 2008

    I have a ADV3800 Combo from APEX, I cannot get it to Record. I have the TV set to Channel 3 and when I put a tape in to record, I set the VCR to antenna and insert the channel I want to record. It will not record my designated channel. So I tried to change the channel signal to cable and input the channel I want to record and still nothing My connections are going through a TW cable box, which I am not turning on, I figure the signal should be in the DVD/VCR box. The cable box is a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300.. Thank you



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I had a similar problem and corrected it with a solution found on another site. Try hitting the I/P button on the remote which controls whether "Interlaced" or "Progressive Scan" is used to display the image on the TV. Mine worked when "Interlaced" was used. but no picture was displayed when "Progressive Scan" was used. The I/P button toggles between the two settings.

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1 Press the SETUP button on the remote control.
2 Press the ENTER button, while highlighting CLOCK SET.
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For DATE SET, follow the order of Month/Day/ Year ; for TIME SET, follow the order of Hour/Minute in CLOCK SET screen.
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What it so far done, it looks pretty fine. I'd break apart the problem if is posible to do it, i mean maybe you have some other sets around the house or some friend who have them.
  • i'd test the dvd/vcr in a different tv
  • i'd test the tv with a different dvd
i would start over again the installation after this test.

the reason is to know if you can trust in those sets and second maybe with some other try the installation works

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The One For All 3 Device Universal Remote Control is preprogrammed at
the factory to operate an RCA TV, a Toshiba DVD player, and a Motorola
cable box.To control devices other than the default brands,perform the following
steps; otherwise skip this section:
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applicable, insert media (e.g., cassette or disc).
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Highlight or write down the codes and device you wish to program
before starting step 2.
2. On the remote control,press a device key once (i.e., DVD/VCR,
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or TV/VCR/DVD Player Combo press DVD/VCR once.After programming
a VCR Combo device, you will be able to control channel selection,
volume, and VCR functions.
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NOTE: To program control of a Cable Box, Cable Box/PVR (or DVR)
Combo, Satellite Receiver, or a Satellite Receiver/PVR (or DVR)
Combo, press CBL/SAT once.
3. Press and hold SET until the LED (red light) blinks twice,
then release SET.
4. Use the Manufacturer’s Codes (starting on page 18) to
locate the type of device and brand name and then enter
the first four-digit code for your device. If performed correctly,
the LED will blink twice.
NOTE: If the LED did not blink twice, repeat steps 2 through 4 and enter
the same code again.
5. Aim the remote control at the device and press POWER
once.The device should turn off. If it does not, repeat
steps 2 through 5, trying each code for your brand until
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NOTE: If the device does not have a POWER key, press PLAY.
6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 for each device you want to control.
For future reference,write down each working device

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