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No power to GV3080X

I have a GV3080X dual VHS that gets no power. I have replaced the power supply fuse and when I plug the unit in, all I can hear is a buzzing sound coming from the power supply.

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Sorry but if a fuse blows theres a reason 99.999999999% of the time. as a fuse very rarly goes bad all by its self. This unit is a difficult one to trouble shoot unless you have the schematic diagram. It sounds like your missing the main b+ voltage and could be the regulator ic or a capacitor in the supply. If your not a tech you will be shooting in the dark replacing parts as you need a good muti-meter to assist you in these types of repair. Good Luck

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