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DRC 8335 Playing Back VCR Recordings in a Fast Forward State

When I put in a VCR tape that has a recording on it,it plays it back seemingly in Chipmunk voiced,sped-up fashion. Why is this happening,and how can this problem be solved?
The only time it does NOT do that is if the VCR recording was made on the DRC8335,and even then the audio still has a hiss in it.
Keep in mind,the tapes play back just fine on lesser quality units (Insignia) with no problems whatsoever. So why is it,that I pay 200+ for this better brand,and I have these odd problems right off the bat?
I have ran a cleaning tape through the VCR...still,the problem remains.
Another thing to keep in mind is that these VCR tapes....are also of the RCA brand.
How do I fix this problem? Or,can it even be fixed?

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  • Floydster Jan 08, 2008

    I have the same problem with the same model. It is brand new and totally frustrating. VHS material recorded from a cheaper Magnavox will only play back on the RCA with serious tracking problems ie. Alvin and the chipmunks and Noise. When I called the toll free nr. on the tab located on the top of the machine of course I was put on hold and a recording that stated that if you have the model DRC8335 please call this other toll free nr.. I called this nr and was on hold for over 20 min and when I got a human to talk to, he advised me to press two buttons at the same time to take it back to factory settings and give it another try. I gave it another try and it did the same thing. Back to Walmart it goes. Thank God you can return it directly to Walmart within 90 days..............Good ridance

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2008

    I am having the same problem that Dr. John Fever's is having. I see he posted in jan08 and still no solution, why?

  • cfn714 Feb 28, 2008

    not only do i have the same problem but also when playing a vhs tape it also skips and then it starts the chipmunk sound. When it does that i eject the tape to make sure that the vcr is not eating the tape. If you look at the tape it looks like the vcr ate 1/4 of the tape width. Not only that but it also skips ahead on days. this unit sucks



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I was having the same problem with my unit. Everything works fine, except when it came to playing (Or copying to DVD) several tapes i have.
I recorded all these on the SLP Mode. and played them in this unit.
They drove me nuts, with all this jerking, and wierd noise. I could'nt even hear 1 movie!!
So, I got to playing around with it, and this menu came up, which features a box titled "Recording Manager" Click on it, and there will be a box that apparently was set at the factory. It is the set SPEEDs (Or Recording Qality) for tapes. (There's one for the DVDs too.) Click on it, and SLP will come up. Press "OK" and it will be reset.
Why this is not mentioned in the book, I Have No idea. I think RCA thinks we're mind readers.
Hope this Helps, JON D.

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I bought mine yesterday and am having the same issues. No solution listed in the user manual to fix this and I have a rather extensive VHS tape library that I was hoping to move to DVD using this unit. Unable to watch any VHS tapes taped on my Panasonic VCR and it seems as if the tape is slipping. Tracking buttons don't fix anything. I found a blank spot at the end of the tape and taped something and it comes out fine. Could this have something to do with it being a 6 head VCR? Tapes are in SLP mode.

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