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JVC SR-VS20U Program and Menu button not responding

I've had this VCR for a few years and it's always work great. Recently I changed from 12 Bit Mode to 16 bit Mode and while in this menu I went into the Output Settings mode, and when I clicked on "Output 1", I must have changed it from "Auto" to something else because the screen on my Sony NTSC monitor went static, and I can no longer access my Program button or Menu button on my remote, They are both non-responsive. All other buttons seems to responded fine. Please advise.

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SOURCE: Can't see menu to programme VCR

Try unpluging the unit from the wall for about 5 minutes then plug back in and turn it on,this will reset the brain and go back to normal.

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SOURCE: How to hook-up my VCR to NTSC TV?

Zohar, You must remember that various regions in the world have different Broadcast systems. TVs and VCRs are manufactured for playback and Recording in different regions. But, while the JVC HR - J 437MS is a Multi System VCR as far as Playback is concerned, It has only a PAL Tuner. So , while you can watch NTSC Tapes, you cannot tune a NTSC Broadcast through its tuner, and watch on your TV. You will only get a B&W picture. To atleast view NTSC Tapes, use the Remote of the VCR, and set System to AUTO or NTSC. Again, there are 2 versions of NTSC - the 3.58 and the 4.43 ones. Certain regions of the US broadcast in NTSC 3.58, and some in NTSC 4.43. So select carefully, Similarly, bring up the TV menu, and select AUTO or NTSC for TV reception. Now you will be able to view American broadcasts in color.But I suggest you set System to AUTO, as then you can watch your earlier Tapes collection from Europe also. As for connections, it is fairly simple. I am uncertain if your VCR has a 21 pin euroconnector (SCART)but it is unlikely. You will be having Audio L and Audio R out ockets at the rear of the VCR, alongwith Video Out socket. Just connect suitable RCA cables from these OUT sockets to the Video and Audio IN (L) and Audio IN (R) siockets on the TV. select AV input, and you are ready. check it out. 99% it will be work out.

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This Multi standard machine will play back NTSC 4.43 and 3.58 with no problem

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SOURCE: Cannot bring up my VCR's On-Screen Menu

You'll need to unplug the unit, wait a minute and then plug it back in. This happens to me on occasion.

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SOURCE: vcr does not respond to tv/vcr button on remote

You will not know from looking at the VCR if it is in VCR mode or TV mode. This is more likely a TV issue of whether the TV is monitoring the VCR or not. Make sure you have the TV selected so that it is monitoring the VCR.
That VCR/TV button has caused more confusion for the average person than anything else.
Hope Ya Fix It!

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SOURCE: RCA VR678HF display reads, "LOCK." Nothing will work!

Held down on-off button on remote control for 10 seconds.

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