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Recieving "Locked" display message but don't know how to clear it. No reset switch or panel lock button

My DVD/VCR combo is flashing a "locked" message when turned on. I am unable to locate a front panel lock button or reset switch, menu is inaccessible as the unit appears to be locked. I find nothing helpful on the remote control either, no lock button or reset switch available there either. I USE THE DVD/VCR TO CHANGE THE CHANNELS TO MY TV. THE REMOTE IS DOING NOTHING. THE SCREEN SAYS LOCK

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I have the manual and it is called "child lock" go figure it stumps us adults. Anyway...holding the power button down for approx. 8 seconds can toggle this feature on / off

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