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No sound on VCR

I have an older model RCA VCR - model #VR617HF. It records and will play and display picture but I have no sound. When I take the tape out and use it in a different VCR it has sound and picture. How can I solve this problem so I have sound when I play a tape?

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If you get sound from anther recorder that tells me that the head on the current vcr is working, which leaves just the output, if using a antenna switch to channel 4 if using 3 (theres a little switch in the back) if you are using 4 change to 3, if your using audio output cables swap them with a good working pair.
if all is good it would require service (unless the mute is pushed)
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Next time when you record a program try to make sure you use a speed that will be compatible on both VCRs.
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Hey do the tapes play at all? sometimes some tapes recorded
on other machines won't play on others. maybe you need to adjust the tracking on the VCR you are playing it on. If the tape
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on another VCR. Also the tape may have been recorded on a
super VHS VCR in et (extended definition) mode if so they won't play on just any VCR. If the picture looks scrambled like a
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They don't make these S-VHS vcrs anymore but people still
have them around. There is also Digital VHS they're not
compatible with VHS either. A VHS recorded in et mode will
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