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No power-up on Sr-16!!!

Hey, i've had an old sr16 for about 10 years. About 6 months ago, upon trying to power it up, I got nothing! I have no idea why this would be occurring, but I should mention that I'm not much of a tech guy. Any ideas?

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  • Anonymous Jul 08, 2008

    Did you get a solution for this? Mine on for 0.5 a second and shuts
    off, but if you tilt it you can see that the LCD screen is very dimly
    lit. VR1 gets a bit hot, but I'm thinking that's normal for a
    non-sunken VR. Help?

  • Muzikmama Sep 14, 2008

    Volume don't work. How can I fix this...

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Hi,in the manual it explains somewhere how to reset the unit. I think you hold down the play button and the erase button at the same time while powering up the unit.

Posted on Mar 05, 2010

The battery is available from your local lowes walmart and is easy to change. However! Did you back up your machine to tape? You'll loose anything you programmed in with a battery change and possibly pre canned patterns.

Posted on Oct 02, 2008

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Hi they have a battery replace the battery
can anyone tell me where to get mine repaired regards Ray

Posted on Aug 03, 2008

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