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Blue screen When using the VCR side of my player, the audio plays, but the screen shows blue. I cleaned the head and I have tried several tapes that all work in other players? Any thoughts?

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  • evszany Dec 10, 2008

    Nothing has really changed since it worked. It hasn't been moved or unplugged. It just plays a blue screen now. The audio still works and the DVD side still totally works. I've cleaned it and checked all the cables. I even changed the cable out to make sure the cable wasn't bad. I just really don't want to have to pay someone to fix it. I've checked all the settings and tracking. I don't know what else to do.

  • Carolyn Frisk
    Carolyn Frisk May 11, 2010

    Check connections, Are you sure you have it on the right input selection? What has changed since the last time it worked?

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At least a couple of possibilities, check the yellow video cable that runs from the VCR to the TV, is it plugged into the side of the combo unit that says vcr?

Is your TV on the right source? You could have plugged the audio into say AV2 and the video into AV1, causing a mismatch. Make sure the yellow, red, and white are all plugged into one input section on the TV (AV1, AV2, Video 1, Video 2, etc).

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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