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Hitachi F361 VCR Digital Auto Tracking (not 631!)

While watching Comcast Cable -- routed through the F361 VCR into a Samsung TV (Model # TT20A54) via standard "coaxial cable" -- I accidentally hit a button (don't know which) on a (universal? Zenith) remote control -- that "triggered" the TV into "Line In" ("mode"); and I cannot "trigger it back out"...

What I've tried:

1.  TV has no "TV-Video" toggle switch (it's a combo TV/VCR)
2.  When I bring up the "menu screen" for the TV "Settings" -- I cannot select the various options of:  "antenna", or "cable AFN", or "cable H--?"; -- but it stays "stuck" on the "standard cable" option Only!
3.  I cannot view the Hitachi VCR "menu screen" -- to determine whether it is set on "Line In" mode -- but I suspect that it is; because an "L" shows on the front panel display when I depress the "channel down" remote button; whereas, (beforehand) while watching "cable (Comcast)" -- I believe that it went to "Channel 1" (or "Aux" (Auxiliary)) mode on the TV screen.
4.  I've turned off both the TV & VCR (disconnected power) -- but both seem to still "come up" in the same "line in" mode.
5.  Hitachi does not have a user's manual (so I could determine how to "reset" the VCR) -- since it's an older model; and Samsung has no user's manual -- since it is a "non-USA" (or European type-style) power cord!
(Note:  6.  I can still watch videos just fine on the Samsung (TV/VCR combo)).

My Ideas at present are:

1.  Find a (different) more versatile? Universal Remote -- to see if it might have a "toggle switch" to "trigger" the VCR, and/or the TV into "normal" (rather than "Line In") mode; or

2.  Use a (different) TV -- hook it into the Hitachi F361 VCR (hoping that it also will not be triggered into "Line In" mode) -- and attempt to bring up the VCR menu screen -- which would allow me to reset the VCR into "normal" mode; -- but, would that also (subsequently) trigger the Samsung TV back into "Normal" mode?

Thanks for your wonderful help!!

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I had the same problem when I got the TV from someone and I didnt have a remote. I went out and got a ONE FOR ALL remote and once I got it set up I had it in VCR mode and hit the AV button and now I can get to the channels. Hope it works for you.

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