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VCR doesn't work

Someone connected our VCR through the DVD to the TV. He said we should just go to Channel 3 (TV) and the VCR will play. It won't. What am I missing here?

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Re: VCR doesn't work

The DVD has to be off so that it allows the VCR signal to pass through. Also make sure the VCR's output is set to channel 3 (little tiny slide switch in the back by the VCR's antenna jacks).

Posted on Jan 04, 2008

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Second.. the VCR usually has a VCR/TV setting..

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