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How to unactivate 'vcr lock' ?

My 6 year was using the remote and somehow 'locked' up the vcr. Whenever we hit play, the tape does not play and we get a message that says 'vcr lock activated'. How do we unactivate this? Manual is long gone. Thanks for your help!!

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Re: how to unactivate 'vcr lock' ?

Generally, if you aim the remote at the VCR with the STOP button pressed, for around 10 seconds, the VCR gets 'unlocked'. Try it.

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Re: how to unactivate 'vcr lock' ?

Your solution worked like a charm on my panasonic PV7451. thanks for rescuing me.

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