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Model 9700X (Gold model)-auto turn on

The machine has worked properly since I got it new (even though it is an old model) about 2 years ago. All of a sudden, it began to turn itself on at random. It does nothing other than power up and never turns itself off. First, I tried to resolve it by covering the IR remote sensor thinking that something was sending a signal. No change. Then I unplugged the unit to completely drain memory and left it without commercial power for an extended period. I then re-connected to power and did no programming whatsoever. No change. Then I completely re-programmed the unit. No change. The last thing that I tried was to go into timer record--even though no programs were scheduled and clear all timer settings. No change. Any ideas? I really love the unit but in this condition, it is a serious problem. Thank you very much.

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The new remote is easy. An substitute remote is available here: . This should match most of the features of the original.

For the ghosting, the first thing to check is the cables. Try new A/V cables and make sure that they are well seated in both sets of jacks. If changing the cables doesn't help, I suspect that the connection between the video jack and the input board has a problem. This may be correctable if you can solder and are willing to open up the unit. You would need to remove the old solder and then resolder the joint. Alternatively, see if the input board is available from somewhere and just replace it. You need to read the part number off the board and google that part. (My usual source doesn't list this device but the parts are often shared.)

(This assumes the Sony DVD/VCR unit is compatible with providing a signal to a second VCR. Some are not and you may have gotten lucky with the previous Go Video unit.)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(a second possibility for the ghosting is that the video board has a problem but that is unlikely. Since you aren't reporting a problem with video playing in the Rio unit.)

Posted on Dec 09, 2010

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