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Vcr lockout samsung vcr appears to have locked out after being turned off for a move

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  • georgero5 May 29, 2008

    VCR was swithched of and moved out of the way to allow decorating.It was then put backwith the same tv.and switched back on. The indicator lights are on showing picture of a tape,with a V, a clock, Rec, on one side the other side showsIPC+,nicom.If a tape is inserted it can be fast forard,rewind play on the remote control only, No picture shows, and the controls on the machine do not opperate


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Use remote and go into record timer option, clear any timer that is active, that should clear up the "lock out".

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HI George,
I'm not real clear as to what your problem is by what you wrote. Do you mean, you tuned the vcr off and then moved it to another location and nowit seems locked up? How does it act in a locked up position. Does the power light comes on, will it not take a tape, does it take a tape and kick the tape back out right away. With a more complete discription of the problem I may be able to better answer your questioon. Please write me or call me at my shop and I'll be glad to help any way I can. Thank you
Ed ( Radio Man )
NC Electronic
Mills, Wyoming

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    Ed Meshechek May 30, 2008

    Hi George,

    I does, in fact, sound as though your machine is locked up. I don't know why that would happen by simply unplugging it and then replugging it in. I also think that maybe, there may be a loose connection on the main board ( called a cold solder joint ), or possibly a weak or bad filter capacitor on the main board. Either of these problems can show up when a unit is unplugged and cools the circuit board down ( the power is always on the main board even if the unit is off ). If you do, in fact have a cold solder joint, the unit would need to be opened and visually inspected to find the loose connection and the resoldered. If the filter capacitor is bad, it would be a bit harder to find and require a test instrument that could check for bad capacitors. And then of course, after finding the bad part, replace it with a good one. I would almost suggest replacing the unit with a new one if you can find a cheap one at , say Wal-Mart or Sams or one of the chain stores ( prices may be less). The cost of the repair may exceed the value of a new unit.

    I Hope this has in some way helped

    Ed (Radio Man)

    NC Electronic

    Mills, Wyoming


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