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Today I bought a new VCR/DVD player…

May 16, 2004

…and put the old one back in place.

A couple of days ago, when I put a new tape into the old VCR it started to make squeaky noises and turned itself off. I couldn’t eject the tape… I turned it on… squeaky noises… off…. Time to get a new one I thought. What’s the point of having it fixed, or opening it myself, it’s over 14 years old.

Now my big WANT, the new digital camera, has to wait. Off I went to Futureshop, looked at the units, did a bit of searching last night, comparing features and such, went back today and bought a Samsung VCR/DVD combination, went home, installed it… Nothing. Configuration on that machine is entirely done through an on-screen menu, and nothing came on screen. I troubelshot, plugging it in directly to the wall cable, and yes, it got the automatic time setup which the unit takes from a TV station… this one was in the East,it was the wrong time, to change the time I needed that menu on the screen… no menu, no playback, dud.

Frustrated I thought there’s nothing to loose, I’ll open the old VCR and see what’s what… and fixed it… The new tape had a label sheet stuck to it, when I got it out and the tape out, fixed!

So, the new machine goes back, I’ll buy my digicam instead and the old one stays… 🙂 I am happy.

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