Entire front panel does not work, but responds to control.
I have a HUGE problem here. The entire front panel of this RCA vr622hf is not responding when I press any of the buttons. Through the remote control though, everything works. The big problem is that there is no eject button on the remote, therefore, I cannot eject the video cassette that is currently in the VCR. Can somebody give me some help as to how to make the front panel respond? I finally got the light to stop flashing by setting the time. Maybe there is some other little magic trick to get the front buttons to work and eject my tape. Thanks.
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The best way I know of is to carefully (after unplugging of course) locat th screws (hint - sometimes they love to hide them under stickers/rubber "feet" etc. - run your finger over the stickers while pressing hard, and you will be able to find a "circular indent where a screw hole is hiding) that allows the main shell/case case to be taken off. Generally this will allow you access to the area where the tape is mounted/tangled. From there, just carefully untangle.
Before re-assembling the VHS machine, take a q-tip with some alcohol or ethanol (non-scented nail polish remover), and lightly rub the mirror-like-surface cylinder (the playing head) inside the machine - all the way around. Dirt can accumulate on this head and will catch the tape to tangle it. This is likely why it got caught in the first place. Continue cleaning the head until the Q-tip shows no more dirt. I also used to clean any place the tape touched in sie the machine in this way (spools, etc, it want around that were obviously metal).
To wind the tape back up onto the cassette, locate the "button" on the side that allows you to flip open the front of the cassette (the hinged part that protects the tape but flips up when inside the machine), flip the front up and keep it lifted (temporary piece of tape, or rubber band arnound the entire cassette - whatever).
Look at the bottom of the tape and you will see a hole centered, and towards the top of the back side. you need to insert something into this hole and apply pressure. While keeping the pressure there, you can manually turn the cassette wheels to wind the tape back on.
If you are sure that the remote control works well, and VCR does not respond to it [you haven't here given any details about uour VCR; its Brand name, Model number etc:-], the remote sensor of your VCR is faulty. You can replace it, if you have an idea and knoledge in electronics. You have to disassemble the front panel of the VCR, to locate this device. It will come just behind the infrared window, will look somewhat bronish black in colour, a three terminal component.
I hereby includes the picture of a typical infrared remote sensor, and its typical circuit dagram, to know you the pin numbers. Just try, if you are familier with electronic equipment service. If you are not skilled to do this work, get this set repaired by any experinced service technican. OK.
Hi, If front display lit up when vcr plugged in that means power supply is working and issue is in system control section, and if front display remains dark while vcr plugged in wall socket then power supply is defective. As you know its an old model vcr so I do not think spare parts would be available any more, I found good option for you to fix this vcr. Click eBay.com link to get same vcr in working order for $40 that can be used to obtain either power supply or any other board/ parts to repair your vcr. Hope these info will help you. Thanks.
RCA Universal Remote Control Programming Codes
The remote may already be set up to operate your brand of TV, VCR, or Cable Box. It is pre-programmed with following codes:
AUX is programmed with VCR code 037
Programming a Device using Code Search:
Manually turn ON your device (TV, VCR, Cable Box)
Press and "HOLD" CODE SEARCH
Press and release the device button you want to set up (TV, VCR, Cable Box) However, if you are using AUX for a device, press and release AUX first and then the device button for the type of device to be programmed (TV, VCR, or Cable). The selected device button will flash once.
Release CODE SEARCH.
Press OFF/ON repeatedly until the device turns off (you may have to press up to 100 times at a rate of once per second).
Once the device turns off, press and release ENTER.
With the device on, press any other button. If the device responds, no further programming is required. If the device does not respond, repeat steps 1-6.
Programming a device using the Code Lists:
Find codes for device and brand below.
Press and "HOLD" CODE SEARCH.
Press and release the TV, VCR or Cable button you want to set up. If programming AUX for a device, press and release AUX first and then the device to be programmed (TV, VCR or Cable). When the selected device button flashes proceed to the next step.
Enter the three digit code from the TV, VCR or Cable Box code lists.
Release CODE SEARCH.
With the device on, press another button, for example CHANNEL UP. If the device responds, no further programming is required. If the device does not respond, repeat steps 1-5 using another code number from the lists.
RCA Codes for VCR
The brain in a VCR has a little switch assembly that senses what
position all the mechanical stuff its in. Apparently, the mech is
out of whack which is why it won't let you play. This is a common
problem and any VCR shop should be able to repair it.