Sony SLV-775HF issue (power off, freeze, digital cable related?)
I have 2 Sony SLV-775HF that I purchased used (from separate buyers) and they exhibit the same issue. In trying to figure it out, I've hooked up the VCRs using coax and RCA cable, and tried swapping cable boxes. My cable system is WOW cable in Michigan and I have every channel they offer. The cable box on each TV is supplied by WOW, made by Scientific Atlanta, model 'Explorer 3200'.
The issue is that the VCR likes to power off or sometimes freeze on (frozen on meaning no button will work on the unit itself or the remote; must unplug to 'reset') when I tune to WOW's upper number channels (which are invariably digital; whereas the low channel numbers that do not exhibit any VCR problems are probably analog). Sometimes if I tune to a upper level channel and the VCR shuts down, I can power it back on and watch with no issues until I tune to some other, upper level channel. Anybody have any insights? Should I just give up and wait for DVD recorders that can handle 1080i/p?
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Re: Sony SLV-775HF issue (power off, freeze, digital...
These guys have the owners manual and the service manual for your exact model;
Sorry I haven't been able to locate these for free anywhere, Sony do not have them available online.
Here is the link to the Wow cable instructions - i couldn't find much in there but you may see something that helps out, check pages 65-67 to be sure you have everything hooked up right;
Here is the link to the user manual for the explorer 3200;
and here for the FAQs;
Hope this helps, if you get some more ideas but still no solution, please post back and i can try again :)"
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The codes are to program the universal remote control to communicate with the Sony VCR. Try programming the universal remote using one of these: 60000 60032 60033 60035
The acceptance of the cassettes may not be related to the use of a universal remote control. If the URC doesn't have the "equivalent" functionality of the VCR's original remote control, you may not be able to use the URC to perform the functions of the original remote control.
The television has nothing to do with recording. It is only required for playback. There are a number of possibilities depending on what equipment you have. Do you have cable, satellite, antenna? Your signal source has to be connected to the VCR either through the cable connector, or RCA video jacks. If you have straight cable, connect the cable to the "ant in" connector on the VCR. The VCRs tuner will select the channel you want to record. If you are on antenna, you will need a Digital set top box (STB) to receive any channels. If you have a satellite, cable box or digital STB, you must go from the output of the box to the input of the VCR. You can use the standard coax cable,but I would recommend using the audio/video cables for better quality. If using coax, the VCR will have to be set to either channel 3 or 4, depending on the boxes output setting. Using A/V jacks, the VCR will be set to "Line" or "Video" input.
eBay.com offers many Remote Controls. Input the brand and model of your Sony Combo and your search will automatically produce separate Remote Controls along with separate listings for the Combo devices. These new or used Remotes typically range in price from $10-$20. Good luck.
Sony VCRs have shown these error codes for years whenever a problem occurs but it really does not help much to know what the code means. Even if you knew the code meaning you still would not know exactly what to fix in the VCR. Suffice it to say the VCR probably needs repair. Go to https://eservice.sony.com/webrma/web/index.do and enter your zipcode to locate a SONY repair facility.
Sounds like a mechanical problem in the tape path which can be anything from the pinch roller, take up spool, foreign object (such as splicing tape lodged somewhere), brake or others. An indicator would be stretch tape. One way to check if the tape is being stretch is to rewind partially one of the tapes you have tried, eject it and open the flap/cover of the cartridge. There is a stub on one of the side of the tape that you have to push to open it and see the actual tape. Stretching if any would be clearly visible. Am afraid that you would need the services of a qualified technician for the actual repair not unless you are familiar with video tape mechanism.
On the video head, offhand, I doubt if it needs replacement.Of course an on site technician would be in a far better position to diagnose it for you.
Hope this be of some help and pls post again how things turn up. Good luck and kind regards.