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When trying to program the timer recording on my SD-V291, the channel settings go from 1-13 the then L1 or L2 shows up. I don't know how to get rid of the L1/L2 so I can program a new show. This is the first time this problem has occurred. HELP! EMAIL: djroberts@snet.net

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L1 and L2 are to do with recording an external source or duplicating a cassette from another VCR or camcorder so it seems you have accidentally activated this feature.

First do this

1) Press VCR/DVD to select VCR mode and insert a blank cassette
2) Press the input select button and cycle to see if L1 or L2 will turn off
3) If not press record and allow the tape to run for 10 seconds or so - press stop - see if the issue is now resolved.

If not move to this procedure
1) Press VCR MENU and select TIMER REC SET then press ENTER
2) Check the lines for any sign or a program set to L1 or L2
3) If you find one use Set + or Set - to select it and press ENTER
4) Press CANCEL to cancel the program
5) Press VCR MENU twice to exit.

Finally if the issue is still not resolved do this.
1) Press VCR menu
2) Press set + or - to select "CH SETUP" then press enter.
3) Press set + or - to select TV/CATV then press enter
4) If your channels are through an antenna select TV. If through cable select CATV and press enter for either option.
5) Press VCR MENU until the screen is cleared.

Hope this helps. If so please do accept and rate my answer. If you continue to have problems post up a comment with futher details.


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