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My Magnavox MWR20V6

My recorder is dead. No power, I checked the plug-in, unpluged for hours.I had it set for timer recording, I pressed timer set like the book says. No luck. Please help.

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  • linmil43 Jul 19, 2008



    My DVD recorder with video cassette recorder will not power on. I checked all the basics and the fuse. No problems there. What do I check nest? Linmil

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If unit is still under warranty return it. If unit is still sold at the orginal place of purchase buy another and return the first one stating it wont work and get a refund
1) power source is good? (receptical on the wall or power unit. Locate DVD rec. to another receptical and check Rec. again)
2) power cord going to unit is good, no cuts or melted spots
3) power setting on unit is correct (small red slide type buttong for different country voltage settings)
4) internal fuse, change it even if it doesn't look bad.
5) Weigh the cost of a new one to the repair cost of the old one. If you buy a new one get a good brand RCA is still one of best and longest lasting.

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