How to Repair a Hitachi DV-RV 8500E

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The Hitachi DV-RV8500E is a VCR/DVD recorder combo device that allows you to play videotapes and DVDs as well as recording with both videotapes and DVDs. If you experience performance issues with your DV-RV8500E, there are several options you can take to fix the problems. The exact method for repairing the recorder depends on the problems you are encountering.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    No Picture

  1. 1

    Adjust the video input mode on the television until you see the picture from the recorder. If the television is not set to the correct input mode, you do not see picture from the recorder.

  2. 2

    Check the video connection cables. If they are not securely plugged in (or have become unplugged), you do not see a picture until they are securely plugged in.

  3. 3

    Check the television's main power cord to see whether it is plugged in. The television must be on in order to receive a picture from the recorder.

    No Sound

  1. 1

    Adjust the sound input on your audio receiver until you begin hearing sound from the recorder. If your audio receiver is not set to the right sound input, you do not hear sound from the recorder.

  2. 2

    Check the audio connection cables. If they are not securely plugged in (or are unplugged), you do not hear sound from the recorder until they are securely plugged in.

  3. 3

    Check for damage to the audio connection cable. If it is damaged, you need to purchase a replacement cable.

    Recorder Does Not Start Playback

  1. 1

    Clean the disc. A dirty or scratched disc might not playback properly. Take a soft, lint-free cloth and gently rub from the middle of the playback side (the shiny side) of disc to the outer edges of the disc (do not rub in a circular motion, as you risk permanently damaging the disc).

  2. 2

    Change the recorder's ratings settings. If you have the parental ratings on the recorder set, it might prevent playback of some DVDs. Press "Setup" on the remote and select the "Lock" option. Choose "Rating" and select the "No Limit" option. Enter your four-digit password when prompted.

  3. 3

    Check to ensure that the disc is properly inserted in the disc tray. Press the "Open/Close" button on the remote to open the tray. If the disc is not properly inserted, adjust the disc until it sits in the tray properly, then press "Open/Close" again to close the tray.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to plug the recorder into a surge protector in case of a power outage to avoid permanent damage to the recorder.

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