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JVC HR-S3901 S-VHS / Switching from TV to VCR no longer works . . .

Using the remote and pressing the "TV/VCR" button used to switch my TV picture from TV (cable) to VCR (tape or cable). Today, it stopped functioning. After pressing the button several times, it remained on TV. All other functions on the remote work fine. In fact, I used another JVC remote with the same results. When I connect the rear S-video output to another monitor, the VCR picture works just find. I tried disconnecting and reconnecting all cable connections and I unplugged the VCR (reboot) with no changed results). In 20 years I have never heard of a VCR malfunctioning like this. So the problem seems to be that the VCR will no longer switch between TV/VCR. What causes this and how can I fix it. Thx.

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  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2007

    The solution from "Techman posted on Dec 11, 2006" may be the correct solution, but I'm not interested in paying for repairs. A quick solution that worked was using the RCA plugs in the rear of the VCR and connecting them to the front of the TV. It's the Best solution without paying for repairs.

  • JKEE Nov 02, 2007

    How do I hook up a dvd player to the VCR? The GE TV only has a coaxial outlet which runs to the VHF/UHF/CATV outlet on the VCR Sanyo VWM-800. The ANT IN runs to the JVC satellite dish. All is working fine except getting the new Samsung DVD-VR357 to work with this. I have tried alternating the in and out audio/video hookups on the VCR and DVD player, using the VCR input options each time, and nothing is coming on the TV screen for the DVD player. Any suggestions?

  • DJ_Jamis Dec 02, 2007

    how can i switch it from tv mode to cable mode without the remote???????

  • frantic1049 Feb 09, 2008

    We have exactly the same problem, just started recently. We had been using this button for years & it suddenly stopped working. It doesn't light up on the display at all & we tried it with a universal remote also.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2008

    Actually my problem is with a toshiba vcr model no. m-250.
    The problem is that it records beautifully and plays back but the sound stopped pickingup just the other day. any solutions???

  • molatola Jul 05, 2008

    I hava JVC model C20CL-3 and I lost the remote control, how can I change to VIDEO to play with the PS2 ?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    i have all cables attached properly, but i cannot view my picture once i put in my vhs tape



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Put a tape in the vcr & press play ,if the picture still does not appear it is most likely that you have faulty cable/s(that is of course providing you have selected the vcr mode on the tv ie.rf/av)

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Ifyou do not see the VCR/TV button switch on the front panel, then its a problem most likly with the firmware in the microprocessor. If you do see the VCR/TV indicator switching in or on the front panel display, most likly a defective RF modulator/switcher or RF antenna pack. You may still be able to get one from like MCM or tritronics or PTS corp can rebuild it for you. I have seen this type of break down many times with VCR's as we used to do hundreds of VCR repairs a day as we did factory service for several companies in the NY/NJ area. Good Luck Please do not forget to rate this thread.

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SOURCE: Camcorder to JVC HR-A592U S-VHS VCR

you must select the input in your vhs. usually its a line input (wether 1 or 2). try to find it also using your supplied remote for the vhs. good luck!

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SOURCE: JVC HR-S9500 S-VHS VCR. all functions work except

the eject button is a plastic piece that turns and pushes down on the board and is more then likely broken open the vcr take off the front face plate and check the button, it will propaply fall out. you can use super glue and glue the button back in place

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unplug for 48 hours.

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