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Rca vr521 no or distorted video

I have 2 rca vr 521 vcr,s. 1 has NEVER been used...[was in the spare room]. the prime unit didnt get used for almost 6 years. now neither one shows video...or the video is grossly distorted...adjusting the tracking up or down doesnt is perfect. all other features...programming display etc. is perfect...has the head[s] gone bad...if so can they be you sell the there some other part thats gone out that you can sell me? can you repair much? ive run a tape head cleaner through both units several change...i dont want to throw out an unused vcr..especially an expensive one...please help...thanks steve ertel 760 434 0302

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Re: rca vr521 no or distorted video

Probably just needs a good cleaning. The video head is a very tiny thing and takes very little contamination (like dust) to clog it up. If it sits around in humid air then drys out and hardens, it won't come off with those cassette cleaners.
Here is how to do a good cleaning. Unscrew and take off the VCR cover. See the 2 (maybe 4) little windows on the outside of the cylinder head? (round metal thing on a tilt that spins) Those are the video heads and are very easily clogged with contamination causing loss of video. Take a piece of leather the size of a postage stamp, wet it with a little alcohol and just hold it on the side of the cylinder head while you spin the cylinder gently with the other hand to GENTLY wash these heads. Don't move the leather at all - especially up and down as the heads will easily break off. Let them dry for a minute and try to watch a tape. May need to do this several times to get a good picture. Can squirt alcohol directly on the heads and really soak them if needed. Last resort is to use something really strong like acetone, but beware this will also melt any plastic parts it touches.
Hope Ya Fix it!

Posted on Jan 09, 2008

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How do we hook up VCR to TV

  1. 1
    Turn off all of your components. This will help prevent any accidental damage while connecting.
  2. 2
    Connect the RF/COAX Out port on the VCR to the RF/COAX/ANT In port on your TV. Use a coaxial cable.

  3. 3
    Connect your antenna to the the RF/ANT In port on the back of your VCR (optional). This will allow you to watch over-the-air broadcasts through the VCR.

  4. 4
    Turn on the VCR.
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    Start playing your tape.
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Do you want to still be able to use that trusty ol' VCR to be able to record your TV shows but can't seem to do so now that you have gotten a Cable Box?
Well here are some simple tips on how to connect all the components and not compromise the quality of the incoming signal of the cable signal feed.

First here are the cables you will need.
3 sections of Coax cable (preferably RG-6 quality)


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1 RCA cable (Yellow/Red/White)

Now here is how you will need to hook up the cables properly.
1) Connect one Coax cable to the incoming cable signal feed. Usually a screw on connector on the wall or line coming up through the floor.
Now connect the other end of this cable to the "Cable in" or "Input" located on the Cable box.

2) Now, connect one end of another Coax Cable to the "TO TV" or "OUTPUT" on the back of the Cable Box. Now connect the other end of this cable to the "CABLE/ANT IN" or "INPUT" connection on the back of the VCR.

3) Now, connect the last coax line from the "TO TV" or "OUTPUT" on the back of the VCR. Now connect the other end of this cable to the "Cable IN" on the back of the TV.


Using the RCA cable connect to the "VIDEO OUT" RCA connections on the back of the VCR and connect the other end of this cable to the "VIDEO IN" on the back of the TV.

Now this is how you will need to set your VCR and Cable box to make your recording.

1) Tune your VCR to Channel 3 or set your timer to record Channel 3. (The actual channel you are going to be recording is controlled by the Cable Box)

2) Tune your cable box to the channel you wish to record.
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1. You can use a RF cord.
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I would suggest you use the RCA cord because the RCA connection has a better sound and display quality than the RF. So I would direct you on how to use the RCA connection method.

Here is a picture of what the RCA cord looks like for quick identification;


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Turn of the VCR and the TV.

Look at the back of the VCR, connect the yellow to 'video out' and the white and red to 'audio out'. Note that the VCR might have only one audio out, that doesn't matter, just connect any of the red and white.

Now connect the other end of the cord to the back of the TV this way; Yellow will go to 'Video in' while the red & white will go to 'Audio in'.

Turn on the TV and VCR.

Select the TV to Source/AV and the display of the VCR should appear on the TV. Or better still, you can insert a cassette into the VCR, press play before selecting Source/AV on the TV.

By now the connection should be Okay.

If you any more questions or clarifications, please let me know as I would be glad to respond.....

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