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Vcr problem when i put a video in to play or to record it the vcr shuts off.

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For more ideas, you can try this website: ( ). They have VCR categories sorted in a database by Brand and Model Number, as well as an overall directory of problems and solutions. Most helpful thing I found was a schematic identifying the various inner workings of my VCR. Hope this helps.

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Re: vcr problem

This usually indicates an error condition- the logic is sensing an abnormal condition. Suggest taking the top cover off the VCR, and load the tape, then activate play. Does tape begin to spill out in the mechanisms, especially towards the right side of the tape? If so, then the take up spindle isn't being engaged to take up the tape. This at least was, a common problem with VCRs, especially older ones ('80s era) which used a rubber drive wheel. This rubber "tire" like drive would become slick & hard, and would cause a no-takeup condition, spiling tape out. There was a sensor which told the logic circuit if the takeup wheel was indeed turning, and if not, the VCR would be taken into a stop or shutoff mode. This sensing would prevent large amounts of tape spillage and the resultant damage such would do. Another possible cause is the tape isn't being loaded properly. This is generally due to a defect in the carriage mechanism (the assembly which holds the tape). Often, these mechanisms were gear driven. Timing on these gears is often critical, and being off by just one tooth would cause an error.

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Need to know step by step instructions 0n how to record from my tv to my vcr including plug ins

I am assuming you wish to record what is playing on your TV to the VCR and not just asking how to record on a VCR, which is much easier, just put your cable from your antenna/cable box on the vcr and pick a channel from antenna or use channel 3 or 4 for cable box and press record. To watch TV with or without recording connect VCR output (Either coax or Composite) to same type input on the TV. If this is your question, then comment if you have trouble and I will get more detailed. This is a good video on doing this:

So if you want to record what is playing on your TV to the VCR, you must have a TV OUT on the TV. The only types of TV OUT that I have seen that would match to a VCR are either coax or RCA.

If the TV OUT is coax just connect one end of coax cable to the TV OUT on the TV and connect the other end to the Antenna/Cable IN on the VCR. Play the program on the TV and record on the VCR usually on either channel 3 or 4. Unless you have the VCR set up to play on another TV you will just have to use trial and error (record on one channel and playback on TV to see if you recorded anything, is so that is right channel, if not, then try the other one.) to find out which.

So, on to recording the signal from a TV on a VCR. If the TV OUT is Composite (RCA jacks, yellow, red, and white or black) you will need some RCA (Composite) cables. They may be labeled patch cords or dubbing cables at the store. That is if you can find them. I don't know if they are still being sold as a video accessory. If not just use RCA audio cords.

There will be two plugs on each end for mono sound recording and three for stereo sound recording. You will have to have audio or L & R audio, and video OUT on your TV and audio or L & R audio, and video IN on your VCR. Plug the yellow cable end into the video OUT on your TV and the yellow on the other end into the video IN on your VCR. Do the same for audio. I have always seen yellow as the color for video, but audio is sometimes white and sometimes black, and in stereo audio right is usually red, but left can be either white or black. With a little luck the cable plugs and TV and VCR IN & OUT jacks will match in color. If sound is mono the is nothing to get wrong. If audio is stereo the worst that can happen is the sound for right side will play on the left and sound for the left side will play on the right. As long as red is used for right it should be correct.

If there is only one set of input jacks on the VCR, the VCR input will probably need to be set to 'Line In'. If there are multiple sets of input jacks they should be labeled 'Input 1', 'Input 2', etc.. The VCR input setting will need to be set to the input you plugged the RCA cables into. The jacks you plugged cable ends into should be labeled. The setting for input on the VCR and TV should match the label on that device.

Now turn on the TV and put it on what you want to record. Do this before it comes on if you want to record all of it. Having set the VCR on 'Line In' or on the correct input, just press record on the VCR. Leave the TV on while recording.

As long as the TV is on and going to play something you want to record, you can set the timer on the VCR to record it, but instead of setting a channel you will choose either 'Line In' or the input number you are using.

This should always work to record a show on the TV when the signal is coming in through a coax cable from an antenna or cable box. But there are some TVs that only send that signal to the TV Out jacks. So if you are watching something from another source, like another VCR, a DVD player, or a video camera on TV on the TV and try to record that you will only record the incoming signal from the antenna or cable box.

In that case just connect the other VCR, the DVD or the camera to the recording VCR and play it on the one using the OUT jacks and record on the VCR using the Input jacks. This should make a better recording too. You can see what is happening by using the OUT jacks on the VCR and connecting the cable from them to the IN jacks on the TV and selecting the 'Line In' or 'Input 1, 2 etc.' matching where you plugged the cable from the VCR in on the TV.

Device playing what you want to record is the: SOURCE
1. Using RCA dubbing cables plug them into the OUT jacks on the source and the IN jacks on the VCR.
2. Set the VCR input to the setting that matches the label on the jacks in which the RCA cables are plugged.
3. Play the program on the source and press record on the VCR to begin to record it.
Note: Leave the TV on if that is the source.

If you have any questions I assume I will get a notification if you leave a comment and I will be happy to answer.

Hope this helps. Good Luck!,

Jan 24, 2015 | Samsung VCRs

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8mm JVC tapes put into a VHS tape that will play on a combined TV and VCR. Please, please, I need your help! Found tapes from 15 years ago.

You need an 8mm player or the camera that recorded the tapes. Connect the video and audio from the 8mm player/camera to a VHS recorder. Put the 8mm on play and the VHS on record.

Jan 08, 2015 | JVC P-6120JDU Video Cassette, 8mm 120...

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No video on playback after recording

There is a circuit within the VCR called an RF Converter. This is the circuit that converts the audio and video signals into the RF channel 3 or 4. It sounds like the vidoe is not being processed or the video is not being sent to the converter. Without tracing the video inside the VCR, I can't tell which is the problem here. You can try to play the tape in "review" mode (hit play then FF) and see if you get any video signal. If you do, then there is a possibility that the heads are clogged and need to be cleaned.

Please try that and update this with the results.


Mar 04, 2010 | Zenith VR4176 VCR

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We put a tape in vcr. we push record and the vcr ejects tape and shuts off.

Does the tape play normally? Does this happen with several tapes when you try to record? Check the record protect tab on the lower left hand side on the facing end of the tape. If this is broken or bent it will not record, you can put a piece of tape tightly across the tab as a repair

Oct 01, 2009 | Philips VCRs

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How do I set it for dubbing from another vcr?

Use a RCA cable put it in the Audio,Video OUT of the playing VCR play the tape.Use
the other side Audio,Video IN the recording VCR.

Aug 25, 2009 | Symphonic SL260B VCR

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Can't find VHS video recording when I press play on VCR.

make sure your VCR is on the right channel TO record.

You may see the picture on the televison, but that doesn't mean that it is recording that channel. Also, make sure your tapes have the little plastic tab ON on the front of it. It will not record without the plastic tab or you can use a piece of scotch tape and put over the square hole.

Are you using coaxil cable or rca jacks to hook up vcr to tv?

Mar 11, 2009 | VCRs

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How can I record TV show? What buttons do I push?

Well my friend, you have many variables that can cause this issue. Here is a list.

  1. Check the tape record prevention tab to see if it is not missing that will cause it NOT to let you record. Put a piece of scotch tape over it if you wish to use that tape.
  2. Make sure it plays back. If it does not play back, it might not record.
  3. Turn the TV on, look for Audio and "Video Out" and connect it to the INPUT Video Out and Audio Out. You cannot use the TV to power the VCR. The power plug must be connected to the wall outlet.
One of these should solve your issue.


Mar 02, 2009 | GE VCRs

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VCR ejects tape when I try to record using the timer facility

Simple. The Cassette's 'Prevent Erasure' tab is missing. Just cover with Scotch tape and reload. Now try recording.

Nov 29, 2008 | VCRs

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Vcr to tv connection

There are probably a couple of different ways to hook things up. One is you hook the VCR "in between" the indoor antenna & the set. Hook antenna to VCR RF/Ant In, then VCR RF/Ant out to the Antenna input on TV. Your VCR will then be able to record one channel, while you watch another on TV. To play back the VCR, or do any VCR setup, TV channel must be set to either channel 3 or 4. The other way is to use the Video & audio input/outputs on the VCR & TV. You will need the appropriate cable(s). Match the VCR video/audio outs with the set of inputs on TV. Video and audio out on the TV go back to the video/audio inputs on VCR. In order to view VCR playback, menu setup, you will need to select that input (line, aux, video 1 etc.) on the TV. This hookup probably won't allow the recording of a second channel while watching one. As regards the hft channels, I assume you live in an area where such is being broadcast. The TV can probably be put into a programming mode where it will scan for all available channels, and put them into memory, or they can be programmed manually.

Jun 13, 2007 | Goldstar GVR-E435 VHS VCR

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Used a wet VHS cleaner and now my VCR doesn't work right. Help!!

The VHS cleaning cassette possibly deposited fiber in the heads in the drum. You may need to open the cabin and examine the heads and the mechanism for foreign matterial.

Feb 02, 2007 | Proscan PSVR72 VHS VCR

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