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Intermitent colour and black & white picture when recording through Line 3

When I record through the Line 3 scart input the recorded programme keeps changing from colour to black & white. I've check the scart leads & their fine. The cable box has been checked by the cable company without any problems. Any ideas?

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Your vcr tunner is faulty take it to a tech and have him change the tunner.or probably you are connecting the wires wrong.

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