VCR/Combo FAQs

  1. How do I program the remote control that came with my new Panasonic VCR to control my cable box (or TV)?

  2. I have some text on the screen telling me about various features. How do I take this off?

  3. Why canít I tune any channels on my VCR/Combo other than channel 3 or 4?

  4. Why is the VCR spitting a tape back out when I try and put it in the deck?

  5. How do I set the clock on my VCR/Combo unit?

  6. Iím getting a big black box on my screen. How do I get it off?

  7. Why wonít the tape eject from the VCR?

  8. When I play back a recording, why am I getting Spanish?

  9. Why am I not getting any sound when I play back a recording?

  10. Why am I getting picture but no sound when playing back a pre-recorded tape?

  11. Why am I getting sound but no picture when I play back a tape?

  12. The program timer light on my combo unit keeps blinking. How do I make it stop?

  13. Can the VCR+ system be used with a Satellite Receiver?

  14. Can I record from the DVD player to the VCR if the unit is a DVD/VCR combo?

  15. Why are there white/gray bars on either side of the Widescreen High Definition TV?

  16. When I connected my new VCR, thereís a snowy picture and I canít bring up a menu. What should I do?

  17. Every time I tape something, the recorded picture is snowy. Does this have anything to do with the cable box?


1. How do I program the remote control that came with my new Panasonic VCR to control my cable box (or TV)?
Press and hold down the Cable/DSS (or TV) button while entering in the 2-digit code for the cable box (or TV) brand listed in the ownerís manual. Point the remote at the cable box/TV and press the power key to see if the cable box will turn on or off. If the cable box/TV does not respond, try using the next code. If none of the codes are successful, the remote will not be able to control the unit.

2. I have some text on the screen telling me about various features. How do I take this off?
The unit is in Demo mode. Press Play on the unit for 7 seconds.

3. Why canít I tune any channels on my VCR/Combo other than channel 3 or 4?
Itís probably because youíre also using a cable box. The VCR or Combo will need to stay on channel 3 (or 4) at all times. You will need to use your cable box remote to tune the channels. For a timer recording, the VCR/Combo should be set to record channel 3 (or 4) and the cable box should be turned on and tuned to the channel you wish to record before the timer program begins.

4. Why is the VCR spitting a tape back out when I try and put it in the deck?
Youíre probably using a pre-recorded tape and a timer program has already been set to record. If you are trying to record, make sure the protection tab on the cassette has not been removed. If it has, you cannot record onto this tape.

5. How do I set the clock on my VCR/Combo unit?
Procedure varies slightly for different year models. Follow instructions in the user manual.

6. Iím getting a big black box on my screen. How do I get it off?
You have the unit in closed caption text mode. If you turn off this mode, the black box should disappear.

7. Why wonít the tape eject from the VCR?
Is the unit receiving power? Try the unit at a different electrical outlet. If the problem persists, it may need to be serviced.

8. When I play back a recording, why am I getting Spanish?
The unit is in SAP mode. Put the VCR in stereo mode.

9. Why am I not getting any sound when I play back a recording?
Make sure the volume is turned up on the cable box and that the VCR is in Stereo mode, not SAP. If A/V connections are being used, make sure the "audio out" from the cable box is connected to the "audio in" on the VCR/Combo.

10. Why am I getting picture but no sound when playing back a pre-recorded tape?
Make sure the volume is turned up on the TV. If A/V cables are being used to connect the TV and VCR, make sure "audio out" from the VCR is going to "audio in" on the TV. Otherwise, try another tape.

11. Why am I getting sound but no picture when I play back a tape?
First, try a different tape. Then make sure the TV is set to the output channel (3 or 4) of the VCR. You could also try cleaning the video heads. Additionally, if youíre using A/V connections, make sure the "video out" from the cable box is connected to the "video in" on the VCR/Combo.

12. The program timer light on my combo unit keeps blinking. How do I make it stop?
Set the time. If the time has been set, a timer program may be set to record and there is no tape in the unit. Either insert a blank tape or delete the timer program.

13. Can the VCR+ system be used with a Satellite Receiver?
No. VCR+ is not compatible with Satellite Systems such as Direct TV and Dish Network.

14. Can I record from the DVD player to the VCR if the unit is a DVD/VCR combo?
No.

15. Why are there white/gray bars on either side of the Widescreen High Definition TV?
If you are watching a regular TV (4:3) with a standard NTSC signal, the bars on the side of the screen are normal. You can press the "aspect" button to change the mode so that the picture fills the entire screen. Most HDTVs will let you choose between modes such as Zoom, Full and Justified. When the TV is in the Full or Justified mode, the picture is stretched to fill the screen. When the TV is in Zoom mode, the picture is magnified to fill the screen, and the upper and lower parts of the picture will be cut off.

16. When I connected my new VCR, thereís a snowy picture and I canít bring up a menu. What should I do?
All new VCRs are pre-programmed with the output channel set to channel 3. First, make sure that the TV set is set to channel 3. Also, make sure that you are tuning the TV SET to channel 3, and not the cable box. If you are using a VCR to Cable Box to TV setup, make sure the cable box is tuned to channel 3 and the TV is set to the output channel of the cable box. Once you have confirmed that the TV is on the correct output channel, but you are still getting a snowy picture, check the connections. Make sure the cable or cable box is connected to "In from antenna" and the "Out to TV" jack is connected to the TV.

17. Every time I tape something, the recorded picture is snowy. Does this have anything to do with the cable box?
If a cable box is being used, make sure that you are setting the VCR or Combo to record the output channel of the cable box (this is usually channel 3, though some cable services have cable boxes that use output channel 2 or channel 4). You will also need to leave the cable box turned on, and set it to the channel you want to record before the timer program begins. If you have a VCR with VCR+ gold and are utilizing the cable box control feature, you will then set the VCR to record the actual channel. If this is the case and you are getting a snowy picture when recording, make sure that you have selected the correct output channel in the Cable/DSS box setup menu. You will need to leave the cable box turned on, as the cable box control feature will not control the power on the cable box.



 

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