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Can't record I programme the timer as a Once option, put in the time it should start, turn it off and leave it on the tv channel that it should start recording from, but then I go to turn off the VCR like it says to do, and it starts recording straight away until all the of the tape has finished?!! WHY?

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  • Bea Guerra Jun 11, 2007

    Ooops, ticked the wrong colour! It was ok actually. I turned everything off, tuned in the tv, tuned the vcr, etc and recorded a couple of programmes on diff channels and its ok. touch wood!



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Unplug the VCR overnight, reset the clock and try the timer again. if that does not work, there is a fault in the microprocessor and you would need to get a new VCR I'm afraid, as the repair would cost you twice what a new VCR would. Good Luck

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