I don't have the remote and can get the timer set, but you have to press a button called "Timer Record" on the remote to get it to follow what the timer says. Is there anyway to do this without a remote? Or, is there a universal remote that can do this?
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There are a couple of possibilities. Many modern gadgets have a power-saving setting. This turns off the unit after a period with no human interaction. (Remote button presses for set-top boxes or TVs, for example.) You'll need to change this in the settings. (I didn't see the SWTV-20AE manual online to find the menu tree.)
The other possibility is over-heating. Make sure there is nothing blocking the airflow around the unit. Remove any dust and dirt from any ventilation holes.
You need to turn off the Timer and then add your new program to the schedule. Then turn the Timer back on (power off). On most VCRs, the Timer is enabled by turning off the unit. Thus turning it on will work (as long as a program isn't currently being recorded). If a program is currently being recorded, press Stop to interrupt the programmed recording. Then add your new program - that doesn't conflict with other programmed recording or exceed the number of available timed recordings for the unit. Then turn off the unit.
At least one VCR I owned was a bit trickier. You had to press the Timer button on the remote instead of the power button.
Press and hold the SLEEP key for three seconds. The illuminated component name turns on.
Release the SLEEP key.
Using the number keys, enter the desired time in minutes (from 1-99
minutes). To set the timer to an umber under 10 minutes, first press 0
and then the desired number (e.g.,05 for five minutes). The illuminated
component name blinks with each key press.
Once the second number is entered,the illuminated component name turns off. Tip Any key press
other than the number keys is ignored. If you don't enter the sleep
time within 10 seconds after pressing the SLEEP key, you must start over
at step 1. The illuminated component name blinks four times and then
turns off, indicating your attempt to program the Sleep Timer has been
The Sleep Timer is now set.
Leave remote aimed at the TV. Once the Sleep Timer is set, you can
continue to use the remote without affecting the Sleep Timer. However,
because the timing mechanism for the Sleep Timer is built into the
remote itself, the remote must be in TV Mode and pointed at the TV to
activate the Sleep Timer. Note: If the ON·OFF key is pressed, the Sleep Timer is canceled.
Hi this is Luke.
DVR Priority settings are used to prioritize timers should there be a conflict
between timers. The top of the list is the highest priority and takes
precedence. The bottom of the list is the lowest priority. A lower priority
timer will not fire if there is a higher priority timer at the same time. Timers
that conflict with each other will display Attention 532. The message may
display when switching from Single User Mode to Dual User Mode because the
receiver recalculates timers for conflicts.
Press DVR three times on the remote (twice for a 942 receiver). The skip
timer icon (red x) designates a conflicting timer.
Select Set Priority.
Select the timer to change.
Use the Up and Down arrow buttons on the remote or the Move Up and Move Down
options on the screen to move the timer priority one at a time. Use the Move to
Top and Move to Last options on the screen to make the timer top or last
Selecting Automatically resolve by
priority will allow the receiver to set the priority level of the timer. The
last timer created will have the lowest priority level and will not be recorded
if both tuners are being used for other higher priority level
Selecting Change the priority of this timer will allow the
customer to set the priority level of the timer. With the new event highlighted
in the Daily Schedule screen (the event will display with the skip icon), press
Select. Select Restore and then Yes. The new timer will now have a higher
priority level than the conflicting timers.
You may also want to resolve the conflict by:
Press Menu on the remote.
Select Daily Schedule.
Arrow over and select the timer that needs to be edited.
Timer Recording JVC VCR HR A591U Timer recording can be programmed on-screen with the remote control. The built-in timer allows automatic unattended recording of up to 8 programs within 1 month.
EXAMPLE: Program a timer recording for the 26th day, channel 125 (CATV), 11:00 - 11:30 PM on timer program number 1 (Tape speed: EP).
When a TV is connected with an audio/video cable, turn the TV and this VCR on and select the video input mode on the TV.
• After timer recording is completed, the VCR turns off automatically. • You can program the timer recording while a regular recording is in progress; the menu screens will not be recorded. • The timer recording will start at 20 seconds before the time you predetermined.
Press MENU on the Remote. Check the “TIMER REC SET” option is selected, then press ENTER.
Press SET –/+ to select one of the program lines, then press ENTER.
Press SET –/+ to select the date, then press ENTER.
Set the start time, end time, channel and tape speed as in step 3. NOTE: To record from external source, press SET –/+ and set the channel to "L". "L" will appear next to CH 125 (or 69).
To enter other programs, repeat step 2 through 4. Or, press MENU twice to return to the normal screen.
Press TIMER on the Remote. The power will go off, the TIMER REC indicator ( ) will light and the VCR stands by for recording.
To cancel a program:
Press the SET –/+ to select the “TIMER REC SET” option in the MENU. Then press SET –/+ to select the unnecessary program, and press CANCEL to cancel the program.
If no menu, unplug, and let it set a few minutes. Replug and the on-screen menu should appear. Reset the set-up (date, etc). I had the same experience as one of the other posters with JVC customer service telling me the menu button on the remote was malfunctioning, and I should purchase a new remote from them.
After you input your programming, be sure to hit the Timer button on your remote. If you want to change tapes or playback, you will need to hit the Timer button again (take it off Timer) for access to your VCR. Be sure to reset it to Timer afterwards, or you will not be able to record.
The remote control is key to timer recording. Notice the selections are color-coded: grey-black for VCR, gold for DVD. Then look at the second and third rows of buttons. Each button has multiple functions depending on if the VCR or DVD button has been pressed. To record from TV signal to VHS, press the VCR very top button. (The controller will also control your TV if set up properly, so be sure the small switch at the top-left of the controller is set to the VCR/DVD side. I use a separate controller for my TV so I never change this.) Now press the "PROG." button located beside the "3" button. (Your television must be on and set to "see" the VCR not the normal TV signal.) Now look at the second row of buttons, the ones with the "+" signs. The grey words below them indicate what they'll do when pressed (the same buttons do what the gold words say when the DVD is selected.) So to set the start time, press the first "+" button with the word "START" below it. That sets the start time of the show you want to record. It'll go in 30-minute intervals if you hold it down, otherwise it's a minute-at-a-press. If you go too far, you can back up with the third row's "-" button. When you have the start time set, move on to the next button labeled "STOP" and similarly set the end-time of the program. Continue with the third "+" button to set the date you want to record. Lastly, set the channel by pressing the fourth "+" button labeled "CH." It's a bit tedious if you have a high channel number to get to. When you have all these set properly, it's important to then press the "TIMER" button (located next to the keypad number 6). That turns the VCR off but "watching" for the settings you've just made, and it'll wake up and do the recording at the proper moment. You can confirm you've got it waiting by looking at the display on the VCR; to the left of the channel number a red "clock" image should be lit. That says it's waiting. You can program several shows to record by repeating these steps, or you can do them all sequentially by setting the first one, then pressing the "PROG" button again (rather than the "TIMER" button) and setting up the next recording. When you're done, THEN press the "TIMER" button and the VCR will go to sleep until it's assigned wake-up time.
I'm not familiar with your model in particular, but normally there will be a timer button on the remote that you must press, or you must turn the vcr off after programming it for the timer recordings to be made. There should be a timer indicator on the front, either a symbol or a red light depending on the age of the vcr.
If you program it, then press the timer button on the remote, the timer light should be on and the vcr will shut itself off, if it is the other type, then the timer indicator should stay lit when you shut off the machine. If that light is on, then your timer recordings should work.
Hope this helps, good luck!