VCR HAS BEEN SITTING IDLE FOR A YEAR OR SO. ON START UP IT REVERTS TO CH 4. DOES NOT DISPLAY THE TIME EITHER. WHEN I TRIED TO RESET IT THE "AUTO" JUST KEEPS FLASHING AND NOTHING ELSE WILL WORK. APPRECIATE ANY SUGGESTIONS!
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lets say you are hooked up correctly (cable to VCR in (from cable/sat box) & cable to TV from VCR out) and the VCR is set to Ch 3,, (PLEASE NOTE THE TV MUST BE ON CH 3)
program a recording the VCR clock / date must be set and not flashing 12:00 then you go to menu, program a recording by imputing the start time / end time of the show and the date it will be recorded and Ch 3...(you might have to set your cable box for the same date/time as the VCR or manually turn to that ch you wish to record that morning or before you go to bed) put a new tape in the machine....
manual recording a show,game or special comes on and you sitting and want to watch and record and even edit (no commercials) put tape in... press record button get the remote so you can pause (on commercials) and press pause again to resume recording
If this unit is 4-7 years old then TOSS it. As time goes by the rubber gets soft and the units timing gets whacked. Repair will be more than what it's worth , unless your emotionally attached to it ...
The idler assembly is not engaging the takeup reel correctly. Examine the gearing between the hubs for debris. There are parts available for this deck, but it is difficult to say whether or not you actually need any. Check for the debris first and let me know what you find.
Is it ejecting the tape when you set up for timed record, or any record mode for that matter? If so, check for the presence of the record lockout tab in the tape. If tab is there, machine should accept it. If machine ejects tape with the tab present, then the sensor which detects tab present or absent is probably afoul. this sensor is often a small switch.
This tab, by the way, is on the backside of the tape, on the left, looking at the tape from the back.