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No power to unit

VCS442 recorder is rather new, not used much but now trying to set it up for use. Plugged in, fuse tests good and power gets past fuse, on-off button seems to be good. Any suggestions on what I can do?

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  • jaxbeach Dec 30, 2007

    Thanks. Nothing lights up now. I pulled and looked at that fuse and it looks ok but I'll try a new one.

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Hi when you switch it on does anything light up like the display or standby light if not then it is going to be the internal fuse needs replacing these are cheap to buy it is located where the powe lead goes into the unit and it is a glass fuse take it to shop to make sure you get correct fuse let me know how you get on.
If the video lights up and you get standby light or any light check that the lock function on the controll isnt activated as this will cause the controll to fail let me know how you get on ok

Posted on Dec 29, 2007

  • paul proctor Jan 03, 2008

    Hi happy new year sorry its been a while have been in hosptal over xmas so havnt had chance to check mail.
    The fuses can be brought for pennys but make sure you get correct one.
    If you are sure fuse in plug is working and replacing the internal fuse where wires go into the video player itself and then you know this is not the problem if nothing still lights up then it is going to be a problem with a resistor on the board itself i dont think it will be the on off switch as it should still light up even if the video is on stanby you should have red light or if their is a display then it should show the time even though the video is off.
    You will need to make sure the video is getting power ot the internal fuse then you will need a good magnifying glass and check all resistors for any signs of over heating or might be melted slightly.
    You can usually see the one or ones that are no good using mag glass on finding the bad resistors you will need to purchase exactly the same resistors to put back in.
    You will need good soldering iron to remove reisistor and for putting new one in make sure you dont touch nothing else as this could cause you problems.
    Also check the foil that runs between resistors to check for splits this can also cause a problem and is hard to repare probably cheaper to buy new video if this was the case hopefully its just resistor.
    If you dont have correct testing equipment to test the circuit then the only thing you can do is check with mag glass untill you find bad resistor.
    Let me know how you get on ok

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