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Turning on VCR for 2nd time recording

Once I set up a timed VCR program, I was unable to return to the VCR to set up a second program. Only "DVD" appears on the screen. The entire VCR is apparently locked into the program that was timed.

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Re: Turning on VCR for 2nd time recording

Have you fixed your problem?

If not, just try pressing the dvd/vcr button, so the vcr becomes the primary device. Now you can press setup and go back into the vcr menu.

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