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I can't play any VCR tapes or DVD's in my Magnavox. Shows E1

When I insert a VCR tape or a DVD, it shows E1, then runs for 7 seconds and shuts down. Does anyone know what E1 means?

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  • Anonymous Sep 01, 2008

    Mine stays on for 16 seconds, then cuts off. When I power it back up it spits out the VCR tape and gives an E1 error. Whatever that means.

    I've tried different tapes, even new blank tapes. No luck playing or recording. I've tried fast forwarding and rewinding, and it cuts off after 16 seconds of those as well.

  • TORCA Sep 16, 2008

    Took off the top and tried to figure it out. Get this, when there is no light, the machine turns off. If you have a bright light shining in the front, everything works. Put the top back on without the light in the front, it quits again. I have hardly used this machine, could it be dust on some sensor that needs light? Pete

  • sassy214 Oct 01, 2008

    All it does when I put a tape in is run for about 7 seconds and then shuts down. Took off the top but can't figure out what's wrong.

  • karleydawn Dec 02, 2008

    I am having this problem too! It started the other day, then I put in Rudolph for my kids in the DVD player and it shuts off in there. Frustrating as all get out and it's only 1 month old. The VCR part doesnt work either. I hope this fix works when I set the time tonight. Will report back.

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    I have a similar problem, but my player turns off after about 8 seconds. Mine does not show an E1 error, but rather shows that there is a tape in the machine at all times (when there isn't).

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2008

    when i turn my unit on, it stays on for about 5 sec then shuts off

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  • woodruffw Dec 23, 2008

    vcr will not play longer than 16 seconds

  • Jeffrey Blais
    Jeffrey Blais May 11, 2010

    Your not reading the post right, how can you enter setup if the unit won't stay on for more than a few seconds, you can't access the setup that fast

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    The E1 error code comes on the display.



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Hi All, I realize this post may be a bit late for some but I just bought this unit myself on 12-22-08. After reading the pdf manual I downloaded from an earlier post the description of "E1" and "E2" is on page 20 and more details are on pages 35 & 36.

"E1" is the display indicator the unit is looking for a External input signal or Line Mode. "E1" External input on the rear, "E2" External input on the front. No signal present so the unit shuts off.

I suggest changing/setting your record channel or source before starting any record mode steps. Hope this helps.


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It may be a timer setting after a power problem. On page 90 of the manual there are setups for the timers My VCR won't do things without the time set either. The manual may be downloaded here.

Basically get into the setups and set the time and hit enter. I hope this works.

Posted on Oct 03, 2008

  • Anonymous Oct 03, 2008

    Looking at the manual some more, you might want to set daylight setting to off and verify the record source is set correctly.



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