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Does not power on...

Everytime I try to power on my VCR it says "SAFE" on the screen. I would like to know why it does this and how to fix it more importantly. Please help......

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Re: Does not power on...

There is a partial operators manual on this site, but it doesn't show the troubleshooting section. This display may well indicate an error (abnormal) condition, which could be any number of things: A tape stuck in the machine, jammed loading or threading mechanism, defective optical sensor, or even an abnormality in the power supply. I'd suggest taking the top cover off, and looking inside for any obvious broken or bent mechanical parts. If you have a voltmeter, you could also check the power supply voltages. There should be a +5 (logic circuitry supply), +12 (12-15volt) (motors) supply, and perhaps a -35 (approx) supply for the on vcr display. If these is missing are radically off-tolerance, the VCR won't operate. Beyond this, it probably isn't cost effective to take it into a repair center. Today's low cost electronics are made disposable, unlike the higher quality units back prior to the '90s.

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Pro-Tect Plus™ (Child Lock) Feature

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

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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
disappears from the front panel display. Unlocking is the only way to use the VCR.

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