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No picture when playing a VHS tape

How do you get the VHS tape to play with a picture showing. The DVD part does show a picture but not the VCR part. What to do?

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  • bmccartt74 Jan 15, 2009

    Sort of the same problem, but you can hear the audio and can see the video only when you fast forward. the dvd side is working properly.

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Nothing has worked! Talked with a tech on the phone line and she said unit is bad. Everyone seems to have problems with this type of unit period so I am returning it and giving up. Even the responses from others have not proved effective. Lousy product!

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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