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Auto Set Channels

After recently unplugging my VCR and turning it back on I have to reset my channels every day! I can only view channels 1 thru 25 and the rest are blank until I go to the menu and change the tuning band to CATV. I have to do this every day to get the other channels! Also at the same time I no longer get any sound on only 2 of my channels if watching thru the VCR. If the VCR is off the sound is just fine. What gives? Is my VCR possessed or just ready for the dumpster?

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1ST) see if the power is being turned off on the machine from the power source.Do you have a time screen? A screen that tells the time, is it blinking ? You could have a loose connection to the AC plug. Does the machine have a "back up" memory battery ?
2nd) Sound on only 2 channels thru VCR is a circuit problem.

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