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I have a Samsung DVD-VR355 VHS/DVD combo. I'm trying to digitize some old VHS tapes, but I'm seeing the 'tracking' notice across the screen. Can I turn that off?

Unfortunately because these tapes are so old, the tracking is constantly adjusting itself. So I'm seeing the 'tracking' adjusting bar, along with the 'VHS' 'SP' bar across the top, and that is being digitized in as well. Is there a way I can turn that display off?

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Bill Heronemus

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SOURCE: Hitachi DV-PF33U DVD Player / VCR Combo

It sounds like the sensor to tell the microcontroller that the tape is moving is not working. If that is so, the VCR would probably do the same thing in FF or Rewind. If you end up taking this unit into a repair shop, have them check the DVD's software version (it should be 1.250) If below that number, have them upgrade that as well. You can check the version yourself by pressing 1,2,3,4 and then "display" on the remote while the unit is on and no disc in DVD. After noting the version, just hit "power" on the remote to exit this mode.

Posted on Jan 01, 2007

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William Rayburn

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SOURCE: Magnavox combo vcr dvd

What you're describing is common when the center LED has failed / gone out. If you're really good at taking a unit like this apart and putting it back together - and not too bad with a solder stick you could attempt this one yourself... It is a pretty intensive repair but not difficult for a good shop just time consuming. The part isn't too expensive either, just an infared LED... In fact, we've run a bit short on stock once in awhile and bought one of the off the shelf versions from Radio Shack which worked just fine. Good Luck Bill

Posted on Jun 12, 2007

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Cary Farah

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SOURCE: Display shows a set of black bars

tape guides are out of adjustment, need to have brought in for service.

Posted on Feb 12, 2008

Anonymous

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SOURCE: Need Comcast Remote Code for Samsung DVD-V1000

I just programmed my comcast remote for my Samsung v1000, My comcast remote is very similar to the 3-in-1, but has a few more buttons on it (on the Comcast site, my remote looks like the DVR 3 remote, but I don't have a DVR). The code I used was 21044.

By using this code, the play/stop/rewind/ff buttons all work. I didn't test the record button. The Info button worked as "Display" and Exit button to work as Audio Source (HiFi/Mono). However, the Volume and Channel controls did not work.

I hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

Bruce Robin

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SOURCE: Stopped working and all digital figures displayed!

If the display is not dim the battery is probably OK. Try removing the battery, test it anyway, and after a minute or two replace it (I'd use a new one anyway) and see if the problem is cleared. Sometimes just power cycling will "reboot" the watch. If that doesn't do it I'm afraid it will need to visit a Breitling service center.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010

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