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Channel four not three

I cannot find the way to put the vcr to play on Channel 4 - the Channel 3 works but the tv itslef, on that channel doesn't receive well that channel - so even the vcr plays poorly. I have a cd player hooked up and it plays well on Channel 4. I do not have the manual and have searched the web trying to find a written solution. Thanks

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  • berrigano Sep 17, 2007

    The vcr is a Sharp VC _ H961



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In most cases it is just a matter of flipping a switch on the back of the VCR. If therre is not a switch there, then the only solution I can find would be to find an owners manual somewhere. You might try searching the manufacturers website for an archive of owners manuals.

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