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Record from Panasonic Omnivision PV 4461

First VCRs are hard to come by these days!
I have a Panasonic Omnivision that I recently aquired at a Salvation army to play a few tapes and record off my DVR. The tapes are fine, but I can't get the darn thing to record. I have no remote- I'm trying to program a universal one, but the VCR is so old...
Anyone know how to get the record button to work? Thanks!

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SOURCE: Re: Model PV-4523S

The problem is that the "idler" assemby has gotten slippery. This is either a rubber tire or perhaps a gear that is driven by a belt inside the machine. In either case, this is a simple repair and is common as machines age. This should be a $75 repair including parts. The pinch roller (rubber cylinder) is what pulls the tape across the heads in a steady fashion and has no role in keeping the tape inside the cassette. This is handled by the idler assembly and works for FF/REW and PLAY. Also, a cleaning tape will clean the heads but not effect the pinch roller.


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SOURCE: VCR ejects blank tape only

It sounds like the cassette is not releasing the tape so the machine can put it around the heads. This could damage the machine. Don't use it. A two dollar tape is not worth damaging your vcr. Throw it away.

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SOURCE: Have PV-8401 VCR plus Omnivision VHS but missing

Ok there's a lot!
1005, 1021, 1043, 1085, 1160, 1161, 1210, 1218, 1219, 1242, 1248.
Please bear in mind some codes will operate some functions but not all, you might need to check different operations before you get the right one.

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SOURCE: Video on my Sony VCR (SLV-780HF) goes gray after playing a tape a few seconds. What could be the problem?

The only real cure will be to clean the video head. If that doesn't work then I'm afraid that whatever recorded you EP mode tape was not set up well tracking wise. So other machines struggle to track the tape. Some VCR's will only playback SP or LP tapes and don't have EP mode. In which case you should check to see if these VCR's can play the EP tape and if they can't find one that can.

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