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VCR to Samsung tv works, except when playing VHS

Sep 23, 2018 3:22PM PDT

I have a Samsung hdtv, and use a vcr to play old console systems (NES, Genesis), and it works perfectly through RCA. However, if I try to play a VHS, the signal is lost and the tv says to check input. Any ideas why the system works but the main purpose of the system loses the signal? Thanks!

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How old is the player?
Sep 23, 2018 3:42PM PDT

Does it have a TRACKING ADJUSTMENT?
Do other VCR's work on this TV?
Does this VCR work on other TVs?

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VCR age
Sep 23, 2018 9:14PM PDT

Tracking adjust? Don’t know what this is.
The vcr is, I don’t know, a vcr. I’d say it’s 20 years old. I’ve used it on other TVs in the past, but I don’t know if that’s relevant, simply because the vcr is recognized and works with the Samsung when it’s doing anything other than playing a vhs. I don’t have another vcr to test out

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Re: VCR age
Sep 24, 2018 12:32AM PDT

After 20 years, it's time for a new one. I don't think there still are replacement parts available.

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20 years? Could be going.
Sep 24, 2018 11:12AM PDT

Since you haven't tried another player you can't know if it's just dead in that area.

Another run in I had was an owner that hadn't cleaned the heads in 20 years. Kind of a GOOD THING since we don't want to do that too often but never in 20 years? It's time.

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Could be the player
Sep 24, 2018 4:08PM PDT

It certainly could just be faulty, but doesn’t it seem odd to anyone that the vcr works great except for playing vhs? I mean I used it to play sega genesis sonic the hedgehog just now via the video1 setting on the vcr, but out in a tale and the signal is lost to the tv. I hit stop, and the vcr comes back onto the tv screen. It just seems to me like there’s a setting or something that I need to flip that won’t lose signal during tape playing

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Not to me.
Sep 24, 2018 4:12PM PDT

Long ago I was in some engineering group where VCRs and more were used for CCTV so to me there is no doubt the rest of the player could work except the tape use.

As long as you can't test another VCR or thus unit on newer TVs it's going to be a mystery.

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