Hi, this VCR was working fine. I plugged it into a power strip outlet, and turned the power off TV, VCR, Cable Box, and DVD player at the same time. But then, the next time, the VCR would not turn back on again. I unplugged it, and left it unplugged overnight. Tried today, plugging directly into the wall outlet, and it remains dead. I greatly appreciate any suggestions. Maybe it blew a fuse somehow? How would I find out what replacement fuses to buy. And where to buy them? Thank you! Becky
It is the electrolytic capacitors on the power supply board gone bad. It is fairly simple to remove the board. Look at it this way. Even if you break it taking it out, you would have thrown away the vcr anyway. I simply experimented with mine and it payed off. I just replaced mine in the exact same model vcr you have(slv-690hf). The vcr would not power up. I replaced c202, c207, c109, and c208 and it works perfect again. They are the smallest ones. I'm pretty sure it was only one that was bad, but i replaced four of them just to make sure i got the bad one. You cannot tell by looking at them that they are bad. I just searched the internet and read where it's usually the smallest electrolytic capacitors on the power supply board in sony vcrs, that usually go bad. Sure enough, that was the problem. It is fairly simple to take the board out and do it, if you have time, patience, a little bit of know how, and a soldering iron. I used some capacitors from radio shack and some out of an old stereo crossover i had that did'nt work for the replacements. The capacitors from radio shack have a wire coming out of each end instead of both coming out of the same end. I just simply bent one wire over the top to make it work and cut them the same leangth. Be sure you use the same uf and voltage for the replacements.
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Re: Sony SLV-690HF (VCR), dead
Have you tried changing the fuse in the plug itself this could be yout problem they cost less than a pound from a hardware shop if you have done this already then take the case off the video when it is unpluged and if you follow the power lead to where it goes into the video you should see a clear fuse its the same size as the one in the plug these cost a couple of pounds to buy and you should be able to do this yourself hope this is some help to you you might need some pliers to remove this fuse but be carefull as it is glass .........................................
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You can record a digital TV signal on a VHS VCR but only in analog format. The digital signal must be input to the VCR by some component which has a yellow composite video output and a white audio output such as a digital cable TV box or satellite receiver. For over-the-air digital TV, either the TV must output analog video or you need a DTV converter box connected to the VCR. Bottom line, the digital signal must be converted to analog for the VCR since VHS VCRs generally are analog recorders.
Sounds like there is too much voltage going into the same outlet. Please keep in mind cable boxes as well as your tv hold a higher amount of voltage then your dvd player. If your tv is plugged into the back of your cable box, unplug that and just plug it directly into the wall. If not, get a power strip and plug it in that way.
when the vcr is on can you see the program on tv? how bout when your press the tv/vcr button? is the cable connection plug in (vcr in from cable box/antenna and the out from vcr to tv).. both the tv and vcr should be on Ch 3.........
Leave the cable box powered on but disconnected from the TV or VCR. All other components should be disconnected and unplugged, giving clear and easy access to all connections. If components sit in an entertainment unit, make sure all A/V cables can reach the RF modulator and the cable from the modulator can easily reach the television.
Hookup the first coaxial cable from cable box output, usually labeled "TV," "TV out" or "Out to TV" to the cable "In" on the VCR. Connect the second coaxial cable from the VCR's out to "TV" to the coaxial input on the RF Modulator.
Connect the third coax cable from the coaxial cable "Out" jack on the RF Modulator to the coax cable "Input" on the television.
Take one A/V cable, connect the red (right audio channel,) white (left audio channel) and yellow (video) from DVD player's "Output," to the corresponding DVD "inputs" on the RF Modulator. Place components as desired but still disconnected from power. Plug in all power cables including the RF Modulator's into the surge protected outlet strip.
Make sure the Channel select switch usually found on the back of the VCR and the Channel select switch on the RF Modulator are both set to Channel 3. This channel is used on the television to view your components.
Turn on the power strip and turn on the TV. Cable reception should come on as usual. Set the TV to Channel 3 and turn on the VCR. With VCR on test it by playing a video tape. The RF Modulator should sense the signal and automatically switch to "VCR."
Switch off the VCR and with the television still on channel 3, turn on the DVD player. As the RF Modulator senses the DVD player signal and switches to DVD, its welcome screen should be seen on the television. Play a DVD to test and once you're done with the DVD turn it off and the cable should come back on.
Chances are you've got your DVD player hooked to OUPUT jacks on the cable box, not inputs. I haven't yet seen a box that takes any kind of an input other than the cable line, but they will have RCA jacks for audio and video outputs on the back. So your cable channels are fine, but the DVD signal is hitting a dead end.
The only solution if your TV doesn't have RCA inputs for video and audio is to get an RF converter (around $10-$20). This takes the A/V signals from your DVD and turns them into a channel 3 or 4 signal that connects to your TV's antenna input.
The converter also has a connector on the back for the cable coming from the cable box, since you'll have to disconnect that from the TV. When the DVD player is off, the cable box signal gets passed to the TV as normal. Turn on the DVD player and the RF converter switches on; put your set on channel 3 or 4 and you'll see your video.
One final thing: The converter will need an AC outlet for its power adapter or power cord, so make sure you have a spare. If you don't already have your TV and DVD player connected to one, this would be a good time to pick up a surge-protector outlet strip. Then not only will you have enough outlets, you'll be protecting your equipment as well.
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I have the manual. Are you trying to record something live? if so:
1) Turn on both the DVD/VCR and your TV.
2) Switch the input selector on your TV so that the signal from the player appears on the TV screen (this is usually something like 'input 1' or 'line 1' and so forth)
3) On your remote, set TV/DVD-VIDEO to DVD-Video, then press SELECT VIDEO to control the VCR. These buttons are at the upper left hand corner of the remote controller.
4) To record from a cable box, turn it on.
5) make sure the tape is longer than the total recording time.
6) insert a tape into the VCR.
7) press CH +/- on the remote to select the channel or line input video source to record.
8) select the tape speed SP/EP (SP provides better quality, EP provides three times the recording time as SP)
9) Press the record button to start recording. The VCR display will display the message REC.