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Magnavox TV/DVD/VCR combo keeps turning off

You turn it on, something in the vcr makes a bunch of clicking noises and then the tv turns off. Apparently there are some safety censors? Is there anyway to bypass this? No one uses vhs anymore so I can care less about it.

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So after calling a tv repair guy and listening to him tell me about how it is probably something to do with the transistor and it will cost me about 150 dollars to fix ( which I could buy a new tv for that price since it is only a 19 inch) I decided to look online at this issue of turning off after 5-10 seconds. I read about it being an issue with the VCR sensor, so I don't know about it being some LED that you have to replace because I just messed around with a VHS and moving the little white bar thingy on the right just inside the door for the VHS around a bit, and Voila it started working right again. I think maybe my son tripped something by sticking things in there and whatever I touched fixed it. So my advice is to just stick a VHS in and take it back out a few times and play with a few things inside and to the right. It didn't take long for it to work for me.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010

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    zooqueen Nov 26, 2014

    Thank you! It is 11-25-14. Needed to use this old Magnavox DVD/VCR combo. Turned off after 5 sec. It's crazy! I read your post & did just what you said. We stuck things in (didn't know what we were doing) AND IT WORKED! This old TV still has life left! It just keeps showing "REWIND", "STOP" & "EJECT"....I can live with that! You are BRILLIANT! I like your repair style - I could do it! Thank you so very much! Blessings!

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I had the same exact problem. My tv would turn off after about 5 seconds. I solved my problem by putting a vcr tape into the vcr. I don't know how long this is going to last but it worked.

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The keeping a vcr in the player worked for us for 3 years. As of this week, it just eats the tape and turns off. Next ideas?

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The problem is simple and the solution easier your problem is a burned out LED on the vcr mechanism its the one on the right if your looking at the front of the vcr I dont know the part number cause it varies between models but I used to work for phillips and it is a very common problem any vcr tech would know that.

Posted on Jan 03, 2010

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So my advice is to just stick a VHS in and take it back out a few times and play with a few things inside and to the right. It didn't take long for it to work for me. this is correct, it took me less than 5 minutes thank you

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Yes, that is all you have to do - just stick a vhs tape in that u don't care to use again, and just leave it in all the time. The tv and dvd will work without a problem. I have been using my tv like this for 2 years now. Only a problem occassionally - if I accidentally hit the wrong button and the vhs tape pops out...lol...then it is a matter of timing - being able to turn on the tv, pop in the vhs tape, and switch to the tv w/o the tape popping out, before it times out and shuts off again....other than that!!!....perfect!!

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Most likely it is a bad mode switch which is common in Philips TVs. Have a tech bypass it & disconnect the connections to the VCR but leave it in so the IRs will put the VCR section into limbo. This has worked for me. Who uses VCRs anyway?

Posted on Apr 01, 2010

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    Old people that can't aford new ones

  • Mermaid1110 Dec 12, 2010

    My Magnavox was also doing this. It would turn off when I'd put a tape in the vcr side of the tv. Well after reading many comments online, and being thoroughly confused, b/c honestly I have NO experience dealing with tv components, I put a tape in, and there is a white "thing" right inside the door on the right hand side. I just pushed it in (lightly-not too much pressure) while the tape was in and I pushed play. Then I let up on the white part and the tape came on! I'm really excited about this b/c it's been broken for months. Hopefully it will continue working and not be a one-time thing. Also, I hope that this can maybe help someone else in this dilemma.

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Check the motor charge belt on the vcr when it goes a little loosen make that problem if you can change it

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