Question about RCA DRC8320 DVD Recorder/VCR

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Power problem. i have a RCA DRC8320N. My surge protector tripped. I reset the strip and everything else worked fine. However, my dvd/vcr unit won't power up. any ideas on what i could try to fix the problem. i've even tried using other outlets and still nothing happens.

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2008

    same prob

  • rcboyd8199 Mar 20, 2008

    I pulled the case off and there is a fuse inside but it doesn't look blown. There is no visible damage to the electric cord.

  • rcboyd8199 Mar 20, 2008

    The fuse is still intact. I've looked closely at the components on the board. There's a transistor that has like a white residue on it while none of the other transistors have it. I don't know if that means whether the transistor is blown or not.

  • rcboyd8199 Mar 20, 2008

    something i just noticed is i hear a little noise when i plug it in. it's like a clicking sound.

  • andoo545 Jul 24, 2008

    i hit power. nothing. unit has very few hours on it less then 20. dead. no display.

  • 4751havana Jul 31, 2008

    just stopped working. I don't know when. Won't power up. tried several outlets that I know are working. I used the remote, and the buttons on the unit. I tried to eject disc, I even swore at it...nothing

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Hold the standby button for thirty seconds with the unit plugged in after thirty seconds release and un pluge the unit leave the unit off for thirty mins. it should re-set

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1. Make sure the AC outlet is good.
2. Make sure there is no damage to the AC line cord.

3. Look to see if there is a fuse at the rear of the unit. It's usually located inside a black circular housing with a screw off cap that says "fuse".

If not, unplug the unit and remove the outside cover. Look for a blown fuse on the motherboard or power supply. Replace it with the EXACT value of the original fuse. You can purchase a new fuse at Radio Shack or hardware store or auto parts store. Try powering up the unit again and see if it works now or whether the fuse blows again. If it blows again, the power supply may have been damaged.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.

Good luck!

- Jim

Posted on Mar 20, 2008

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    SHARCNET-USA Mar 20, 2008

    Can you remove the fuse and hold it up to a light and see if the the internal wire inside the fuse is intact? There may not be an discoloration on the glass.



    If it is ok, then I would suspect you have a problem in the power supply and was caused by the surge. You might also try looking to see if there is another fuse within the power supply.



    You might be able to file a claim with the power company. Explain what happened (tripping the surge protector) and you may be able to have it repaired or replaced if the power company was at fault.



    - Jim

  • SHARCNET-USA
    SHARCNET-USA Mar 22, 2008

    The white residue is most likely a heat sinking compound. It's used to help draw away heat from the transistor to the heat sink its mounted to.

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