Tips to Repair a JVC VCR

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JVC Electronics has had years of experience making video cassette recorders (VCRs) along with other home electronics such as televisions, DVD players and home audio receivers. Still, as with most electronics, JVC VCRs occasionally have technical problems and operation issues. Fortunately, there are several ways to solve some of the most common problems involving JVC VCRs.

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Remote Issue

For Digital VCRs such as the JVC HM-DSR100U, the remote control sometimes fails to control the VCR when it is set to the D-VHS Mode. This can be repaired by quickly resetting the VCR connection with the remote. Empty the player of VHS, power off the VCR and press the "Mode" button until the VHS remote control mode reaches D-VHS. Once there, activate the "Address" button until the D-VHS light blinks. When the light blinks, type "222" into the number pad on the remote control and press the "Address" button again until the D-VHS light blinks. When this action is complete, load a cassette into the player and activate the play button on the remote. If this does not restore functionality to your remote control, repeat the steps. If that doesn't work, contact a certified professional.


Occasionally, even standard VCRs such as the JVC HR-S5902 don't provide playback. This can be caused by a connection problem but can also be the result of a dirty or damaged head unit. For connection issues, power down the VCR and inspect the component wiring for errors during hookup. Additionally, inspect the wires for frayed or broken ends or burnt leads and replace if damaged. If this does not restore playback, clean the head unit of the system by using a "head cleaner" cassette. Play the cassette for a few seconds with the volume set to "Mute" to brush clean the head unit.


Issues regarding the recording feature of VCRs can even affect dual-cassette models, such as the JVC HR-S6970AG, that are designed for dubbing a recording from one cassette to another. If the VCR will not record on a VHS cassette on which you have already recorded home videos or other personal content, check the cassette's title edge (opposite from the tape edge) for holes. If an uncovered hole exists here, it means the cassette was copy protected and is not eligible for re-recording. Repair this problem by using tape to cover the hole. When the hole is covered, the cassette will be recordable. Remember to be aware of and follow all relevant copyright laws when dubbing video footage.

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