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Toshiba dvd Video player & vcr SD-V396SU2

This player is 2 yrs. old. a couple days ago, the VCR recorded tapes began "jumping", as in lack of vertical hold. I tried auto and manual tracking, bought a head cleaner tape, bought new VCR tapes, all to no avail. At times multiple images appear and the sound is muffled.

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  • Anoyed Dec 10, 2007

    Same problem exactly. The machine is 2 years old and 2 weeks ago I taped a program, sat down to watch it and no vertical hold. I tracked and auto tracked, threw out the tape bought a new tape, cleaned the heads taped again. Same problem. Played the tape in another vcr and it played fine. Put in a tape recorded on another machine, same problem, no veritcal. How do I repair or do I bother?

  • gone to pot Dec 13, 2007

    message for Anoyed - I took my Toshiba SD-V396SU2 to an electronics repair place who charged $20 for estimate. He told me the SLP head was worn out, but to try recording with the SP (standard play) head. IT WORKED! We have a Sony VCR that had the same problem (for which we bought the Toshiba to replace, but which I still kept). I set the Sony recording settings to Standard Play also, and it now works too.



    The other point of information from the electronic repairman was that we could connect a new HD DVD player VCR combo without a tuner, to the old analog set, and use the tuner until everything goes digital in Feb. 09.



    Hope this helps.



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  • gone to pot Dec 13, 2007

    another comment for Anoyed...You said you replaced the unit with a JVC. Was that a dvd player, VCR Combo? Our search for a replacement was futile because we could not find any new sets with built in analog tuners. All required either a cable box or a tuner in the TV, neither of which we have. Hence, the visit to the repairman.



    What is the model of JVC you purchased? do you mind divulging the retailer and the cost?



    Thanks.



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Thanks. We have replaced the unit with a JVC but will give the SP/SLP a try just to see.

Anoyed

Posted on Dec 13, 2007

  • Anoyed Dec 14, 2007

    Message for gone to pot

    The unit we purchased was from Sears and is actually exactly like the Toshiba. It is a JVC DVD/VCR combo unit (model number is at not at hand but I can get it for you) and cost was $119.00 regular $129.00. I just looked for it on line but couldn't find it. I bought it at our Catalogue office. We did find that there may have been more wrong with the Toshiba than we knew. We are not big electronic wizards and when we bought the Toshiba it was our first DVD. We played a few rentals and then attempted to play one given to us after an athletic event. It didn't freeze entirely but the mouths never matched the words. It was not pleasant to watch. With the new JVC we put in the same DVD and it played perfectly. We do have an older tv but we do have it hooked up through our satelite so I am not sure if it would have what you need. I would be happy to look in the manual for you if you told me what to look for.



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