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Power down - F 04 error

When I plug in my AG-1980P, it will power up, but then immediately powers down and gives an F 04 error in the LCD display area.  Any suggestions?

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Problems with F03 - To exchange key of way.

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For me, needed more time... at lease 1 hour!

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Re: power down - F 04 error

These are good old VCRs probably in need of a belt overhaul.

Try unpluging the unit for 2 minutes and see if the error message is reset.

Posted on Dec 28, 2007

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