I just had the same problem and found a solution on the internet that worked. Hopefully you still have the VCR's remote control. Press and hold either the on/off, VCR1 or VCR2 button on the remote. I pressed the VCR1 button and held it for about 5-7 seconds. It released the lock and worked fine afterwards. The lock is some kind of childlock devise.
PRO-TECT PLUS TM LOCKING
To disable the usage of the VCR, or to protect your timer recordings,
you can lock the VCR so that the buttons on the VCR or remote won't
To Lock: Pressand hold either the remote control's ON-OFF,
VCR1 or VCR2 button (whichever controls your VCR). LOCK
appears in the display when the feature is activated. LOCK appears
if you attempt to turn on the VCR while the feature is on.
To unlock the feature and turn on the VCR: Pressand hold either
the remote's ON-OFF, VCR1, or VCR2 button (whichever VCR
button your VCR is set to respond to).
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I need more information, but if you find you are accidentally recording over tapes that you never want to record over, break off the record tab on the cassette itself. If you do ever need to record over a tape with the record tab broken off, simply place tape over the tab hole. If you don't mind voiding the warranty, you can install a record safety switch either in series or parallel (depending on the sensor type) with the record tab sensor inside the VCR, or in series with the record button itself. Hide the switch in the back of the unit so nobody finds it.
Does this happen with other tapes? If so then the micro switch could be stuck in the open position, try to give it a clean with a blast of air duster first then check the contacts on the switch. If it is happening with just this specific tape the the record tab (although in place) may be "soft" try putting a piece of tape tightly across the tab & try to record.
Try this..Run cable line into VCR in, cable from VCR out to box, then cable from box to TV..this might work...I have done this for YEARS and it is never failed. You can then watch and record 2 things at once.
yes your hook is all correct...but still will not work......unless this is a d-vhs recorder...(and the other way to record hd is dvr)....(note dont throw the standard vcr away) it might and can be use later down road
Sounds like it's wired up wrong...try this: take cable line to VCR in, VCR out to cable/receiver box(if you have one) then box to TV...it sounds like the vcr is getting the channels from the box and not the vcr...you will need to have the vcr scan the channels (round in the settings menu) You will also be able to watch and record 2 different things.