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SAFE When I go to turn on my VCR (or press any other button on it for that matter) It just says safe on it and wont take any sort of action other than displaying the time after a few seconds.(There is a tape inside the VCR, don't know if that matters). What can I do?

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Hold down the power button (or the vcr button if on a combination remote) for six seconds. This will unlock the child lock feature of the vcr.

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How old is your vcr if it's over 1 yr old please do the following disconnect from mains supply remove all leads connecting to vcr and remove from cabinet or stand get a small bowl for the screws locatethem remove said screws and place in bowl now remove lid from vcr and check and see if there is a video tape jamed if so just carfuly remove from arround guides and drum head once you have removed jammed tape plug vcr back in mains and press eject on vcr remote or on front pannel next get cotten buds and give left head a wipe then the right head a wipe next carefully remove video tape press the right flap button in and carefully remove from loading bay lift flap to loading bay of vcr with left hand ad gently pull video tape out trying not to dammage the tape once clear use finger under tape wind up tape that's exposed if all goes well you may place a video cleaning tape in not wet but dry and it should accept this if video turns off and when you turn back on and same resaults please take in for repair replace screws hope all goes well

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The cassette will have to be manually extracted. The "safe" mode simply means that the machine has detected a problem with the mechanism, usually related to the shuttle function not taking place....accordianman

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Try this: (actually found in user manual...)

Pro-Tect Plus™ (Child Lock) Feature

This feature is useful to tamper proof your timer recordings from unwanted changes

and/or protect the VCR from mis-operation by other users in the household.

To Lock the VCR

Press and hold POWER or VCR on the remote for

approximately six seconds to turn on the Pro-Tect Plusª


SAFE appears in the VCR front panel to let you know the

feature is activated.

To Unlock the VCR

Press and hold VCR button on the remote for approximately

six seconds to unlock the VCR.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue.
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Hope you have the remote :)

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Pro-Tect Plus™ Locking Feature
To disable VCR usage or to protect set timer recordings, the unit can be locked so that the
buttons on the VCR or remote control don’t work.
• To Lock: Press and hold either the remote control’s ON•OFF or VCR button until SAFE
appears in the display to indicate Pro-Tect Plus is active. SAFE also appears if the VCR is
turned on while the feature is activated.
To Unlock: Press and hold either the remote control’s ON•OFF or VCR button until SAFE
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Greetings Spock! Although I worked for an authorized rca service depot for 12 years, and worked on many, I can't remember the solution to your problem, and Thompson Consumer Electronics (RCA/GE) don't even accknowledge they ever sold vcr's..I went to and your model comes up as "does not exist"...Anyway...I know I've worked on that model, and if you have the book, check the section about parental lock, or Key lock...your RCA could very well be Samsung inside, and if so press and hold the tv/vcr button for 5 seconds and that will release the key lock feature. It is there so if you set the timer, or just don't want the kids messing with it, you can lock all the key functions, and the unit will do nothing except display "safe" Hope this helps...Live long & prosper!

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