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Magnavox VCR/DVD recorder model ZV450mw8. VCR plays a tape for 6 seconds then shuts the whole unit down.

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  • siggy3931 Apr 05, 2009

    I have the same problem, turns out mine is overheating. The fan is not turning at all when powered up.

  • smystic57 Apr 05, 2009

    am having problems with the VCR when I try to playback recorded tapes or any prerecorded store bought tape. It was running fine then after power went off and then back on it started having problems. You put a tape in and it seems to work fine but then after the count of 5-6 on the counter it will shut off the entire system. You have to turn back on the power to the whole thing. I thought maybe the VCR heads were dirty so tried a cleaner but it too will only run till count of 5-6 and do what happens with tapes. I tried turning on power and running the cleaner from where it stops but that get me no where. The DVD player works fine it is hjust the VCR side that is giving us problems. I was hoping to find my manual to see if it had something I could do but we have lost it somehow in the changing of things in house. I also wanted to know if I can use the DVD recorder to tape shows important to us and what type of DVD-R/RW is best or not good to use? Can anyone help me with either trying to trouble shoot the VCR problem, answering the question on DVD, type of DVD-R or getting a copy of the manual?

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You will need a technical person to open the unit. This problem can be as simple as a dirty sensor, or bad tape drive parts, or burned out computer chip.

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The Magnavox ZV450MW8 was manufactured by Funai with the Magnavox name. Thus Funai Service has the manual available: http://www.funaiservice.com/manual2012_search2.php . The direct link is http://www.funaiservice.com/manuals/MAGNAVOX/ZV450MW8/ZV450MW8.pdf . The directions for dubbing a DVD to VCR or vice versa start on page 48. Note: copy protected items cannot be duplicated.

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