I need to access the onscreen menu for an Hitachi SVHS recorder without the remote. I
have an Hitatchi SVHS recorder that I bought used. The remote was
working fine but then stopped. After changing batteries and trying all
universal remote codes with separate remote, the unit stopped receiving
the IR signal. I sort of know why. I was in the menu trying to figure setting out and on option 4 it changed from VCR 1 to VCR 2 After that the remote stopped working. The
manual I downloaded mentions that if the remote does not function the
VCR number was changed in the menu. It states to go to the menu to
change it. However this unit does not seem to have ANY menu buttons on
the unit itself.
I have left the unit unplugged for 12 hours but that did not reset it. SO if the remote was the only way to get the on screen to come up, then how can I reset back to VCR1?
Thanks for the input. But come one, you really saying they designed it so poorly that the only way to reset the menu settings is by a remote? If my remote is locked out, how would hitting the button I do not have (VCR1/VCR2) work? There is a hole in the front right that you can stick a little rod in and a it will turn the machine on and off, Why wouldn't this reset the machine settings?
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Re: Hitachi onscreen menu access
Afraid only the original remote will fix this. All universals and aftermarket remotes will not have the function you need. try going here www.vancebaldwin.com and use there remote finder and see if they have the one you need
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Hit the menu key and select the recording options. Select the option to view timer recordings and select each one to clear it. Follow the onscreen instructions or when on a recording hit the clear/delete button on the remote.
You can try the makers website for the book, they might have a free pdf of it. You will struggle without a remote though. Enter the model number into Google and see if you can find a remote for the model. If they are too expensive for the original, then get a good quality universal. But i would always recommend the original remote over universals.
Sometimes the codes used in the remote are the wrong type for your model VCR. Though functions will work with some codes. It's best to try some of the other codes for GE VCR's and see if that triggers it to life the missing menu.
Generally the timer flashing means that ethier a programme for recording is set to record or wrong information is added. You need to check the timer record menu to see if a recording is schedule. I suggest you might need to get a remote for the model or get a universal one. Placing a blank tape in a powering down, should see the timer stop, but if a recording schedule is there it will still be on. The only way to clear it (without the remote) might to let it record! You don't give the make or model so I can't say anymore.
It is the failure of the chroma processing IC that works with a biasing when the recording is activated. Failure of this frequency which has to be generated within or around these circuits wil result in the colour signals being out of sync. You will need a good signal trace with an oscilloscope to get to the real issue. I believe you will need to bench test this to get to the final point of trouble. You can check for head cleaning,resolder the joints of the chroma section, solderr any section looking mushy. hope this helps. Good day
Oh boy! Most late VCRs must have a functional remote to get to the advanced functions such as setting time, programming, etc. The front panel buttons only have stop/play/rewind/ffwd/eject and so forth. Either obtain an exact remote, or one of aftermarket universal remote boxes which have menu functions.