RCA VR678HF display reads, "LOCK." Nothing will work!
This is a GREAT VCR that I use as a tuner for my television. As a result, my tv has the best picture I've ever seen other than a HD picture. And the display is a bright orange that can easily be seen across the room.
Anyway, last week the display on VCR read suddenly read "lock" and all buttons on the remote and on VCR no longered worked. It has totally shut down and there's nothing on the on-screen menu that covers this dilemma. Even when unplugging the vcr for 2 days, it will still read "lock" and nothing works.
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two ways of connecting VCR with Analog TV with DTV tuner. DTV tuner (RF) output to VCR (RF) input,VCR (RF) output to analog TV (RF) input. turn DTV tuner on (VCR should have a TV\VCR switch that makes signal coming from tuner BYPASS VHS right into TV) note:: change channel FROM tuner.You should be able to record by placing a blank tape and pressing RECORD. 2ND. DTV tuner, VCR, should have a RCA in\out connections...Audio & video.You need a RF\RCA bypass switch. It has a INput with RCA connections to a RF signal out that goes to the RF Input of analog TV
Since the cable is connected to the VCR and from there to the TV. The TV should be tune to channel 3 or 4. Using this connection, the VCR tuner will be changing channels when is ON, if you want to change channels on the TV; the VCR should be on standby.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
If your TV is all digital and does not have an analog NTSB tuner you will have to use component input connections from the VCR to the TV instead of the RF (antenna) cable connection. First try pressing the TV/VCR button on the VCR remote to provide a direct VCR feed to the TV.
On any VCR/TV setup, the television does not send signals to the VCR, the VCR has to send the signal to the television and then the show can be recorded. Attach the antenna input to the VCR and then your other cables (they may be RCA jacks or another coaxial, like the antenna cable) to the TV. You would have to change the channels using the VCR's TV tuner (if it has one).
If it does not have one, then you would need a new digital TV converter, and you hook this up to the VCR, then to the TV set. Hope this helps!
If you are trying to connect a VCR to your television and still have Directv, this is the way to do it. Disconnect your Directv receiver from your television, Then connect the VCR to the television either through coax or RCA cables. If using the coax cable connect the out to tv on the VCR to the television. If using RCA cables connect the RCA OUT to the television AV1 connection. Once that is done, connect tha Directv receiver to the VCR using either coax or RCA cables. the Directv receiver only has RCA outputs so, if using RCA cables connect to VCR in. Remember that in order to see the Directv the VCR needs to remain on and it must be on the channel line in. If using coax cable connect to the VCR where it says in from antenna. Remember that if using this method your VRC does not have th remain on to view Direct. If you're trying to record Directv, then your VCR need to be on the same channel as the Directv output channel either channel 3 or 4. If trying to record Directv using RCA connections the VCR needs to be on the AV settings. If you have any futher questions please feel free to call me at (361)510-0339
You don't say what kind of tv,model,etc. or if the tv tuner is 'solid state', push button, knob type channel changer. If you REALLY, REALLY have to use the tv through the vcr.place the signal [antenna, cable box, cable antenna (signal) in vcr RF input.place a blank vhs tape to record, use the RCA jacks[AUDIO & VIDEO] in back of the VCR to INPUT of TV video & audio ( if you have then ) While you are recording, you will be able to see the tv program.
p.s. place the TV\VCR switch to vcr.
The power supply has some bad components in it. This is a "switch mode" supply that means that simple fail;ures can show up in odd ways. Usually there are capacitors that go bad in these. Search the web for "repair kits" for these models. These kits will contain the most common replacement parts for the power supplys.
Although I worked for an authorized rca service depot for 12 years, and worked on many, I can't remember the solution to your problem, and Thompson Consumer Electronics (RCA/GE) don't even accknowledge they ever sold vcr's..I went to RCA.com and your model comes up as "does not exist"...Anyway...I know I've worked on that model, and if you have the book, check the section about parental lock, or Key lock...your RCA could very well be Samsung inside, and if so press and hold the tv/vcr button for 5 seconds and that will release the key lock feature. It is there so if you set the timer, or just don't want the kids messing with it, you can lock all the key functions, and the unit will do nothing except display "safe"
Hope this helps...Live long & prosper!
following is pasted from SV-7000W manual:
1 To lock the VCR, hold down the P/STILL (II) button for
approximately five seconds.
Result: The lock indicator (LOCK) is displayed.
If a cassette is in the VCR when you lock it, the cassette will
first be ejected.
2 To unlock the VCR, hold down the P/STILL (II) button again for
approximately five seconds.
Result: The lock indicator (LOCK) is no longer displayed.
If that fails, try the same thing using the play/stop button.