TROUBLESHOOTING BETAMAX*
*For Beta equipment using the American NTSC video standard except where noted.
THIS SECTION PERTAINS ONLY TO BETA VCRS
POWER POWER switch does not function and clock operates normally. The recorder is in timer standby mode. Press or turn TIMER REC switch to OFF position.
Power supply failure. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
POWER switch does not function and clock flashes. The recorder is in timer standby mode. Press or turn TIMER REC switch to OFF position.
Power ON/OFF switch failure. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser).
Power supply failure. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
POWER switch doesn't function and clock does not light up. Unit not receiving power. Supply the required voltage to the VCR.
Power ON/OFF switch failure. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser).
Power supply failure. Repair will be required. (clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Power switch operates but none of the other buttons function. No cassette inside. Insert a Beta cassette and try turning on using the power switch.
Cassette not properly inserted. Remove the cassette and try turning on the power again.
VCR is aborting operation because of an operational problem. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Power supply problem, repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Display lights up all segments and does not display clock. Power supply failure, repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Display lights and clock does not change. There has been a power interruption. Reset the clock and timer settings.
Power supply failure, repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.).
Back-up battery has failed. Battery should be replaced, repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
POWER ON/OFF The power is turned on but the buttons do not operate. The safety shut-off of the unit has been activated. Turn the unit off, disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet and leave the unit off for more than one minute. Plug unit back in and push the POWER button. If there still is no power repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
LOCAL button is not lit. Press the LOCAL button to set the unit in the local mode (pertains to GCS-50). LOCAL button will light.
LOCAL switch is set to REMOTE. Set the LOCAL switch the LOCAL mode (pertains to SLO AND SLP prefix professional Betas).
Power supply failure. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
DISPLAY WINDOW All segments light up in display and do not change. Power supply failure. Repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Display is dim or does not light up. Display is set to DIM. Set it to BRIGHT.
Power supply problem. Repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.).
Defective fluorescent display. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
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The clock does not change. The power has been interrupted. Reset the clock and timer settings.
Clock has not been set. Set the clock.
Clock has failed Repair is necessary (clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser).
The clock displays 12:00 or - -.- - (dashes) and does not change. The power has been interrupted. Reset the clock and timer settings.
Clock has not been set. Set the clock.
Clock has failed. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The clock has stopped and Su AM 12:00 shows on the display, the colon in 12:00 flashes or - -.- - (dashes) are indicated. There has been a power interruption. Reset the clock and timer settings.
Power outage lasted too long. Back-up battery time is limited.
Back-up battery has failed. Battery should be replaced, repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Clock display blinks showing 12:00 AM or all 88:88 (eights). The power has been interrupted. Reset the clock and timer settings.
Power outage lasted too long. Back up time is limited.
Back-up battery has failed. Battery should be replaced, repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
If all eights and it doesn't change there is a power supply problem. Repair will be required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Clock runs fast, slow or doesn't keep correct time.

Change the 50/60 Hz line switch on the back.
The power has been interrupted. Reset the clock and timer settings
Power outage lasted too long. Back-up battery time is limited.

Timer setting cannot be made. The clock is not set. Set the clock.
The safety tab on the cassette has been removed. Use a new cassette or place tape over the record protection hole.
The timer cannot be set during recording. Set clock after recording has stopped.
Timer settings are not accepted or error lamp lights. Timer turn on and off times overlap. Reset the recording times so start and stop times do not overlap each other.
The safety tab on the cassette has been removed. Use a new cassette or place tape over the record protection hole.
Back up battery has failed. Battery should be replaced and repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Timer settings are not remembered after a power outage. Power outage lasted too long. Back up time is limited.
Back up battery has failed. Battery should be replaced and repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.).

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Cassette will not go in. POWER OFF. Turn the POWER ON and try again.
Obstruction in loading bay area. Turn POWER OFF, clear the obstruction and then turn the POWER ON and try again.
Cassette upside down. Turn cassette over and insert again.
Cassette inserted at a angle. Try again keeping the cassette aligned with front of the VCR and follow the cassette in with light forward pressure using your fingers or thumb.
Cassette loading mechanism is damaged. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette will not fully load (does not go all the way down once inside). Obstruction in loading bay area. Turn POWER OFF, clear the obstruction and then turn the POWER ON and try again.
Cassette not fully inserted before loading attempted. Try again and follow the cassette in with light forward pressure using your fingers or thumb.
Cassette loading mechanism is damaged. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette goes in at an angle. Cassette not inserted correctly. Ensure that the cassette is aligned straight with front of VCR before inserting.
Cassette loading mechanism is damaged. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette loads then immediately ejects. Recording is being attempted with the record protection tab of the cassette removed. Use a new cassette or place tape over the protection hole.
Obstruction in loading bay area. Turn POWER OFF, clear the obstruction, then turn the POWER ON and try again.
Cassette not fully inserted before loading attempted. Try again and follow the cassette in with light forward pressure using your fingers or thumb.
Loading was not completed or cassette detection not activated. Turn POWER OFF and then turn the POWER ON and try again.
Cassette loading mechanism is damaged. Repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette loads, waits a few seconds then ejects. Recording is being attempted with the record protection tab of the cassette removed. Use a new cassette or place tape over the protection hole.
Obstruction in loading bay area. Turn POWER OFF, clear the obstruction and then turn the POWER ON and try again.
Cassette not fully inserted before loading attempted. Try again and follow the cassette in with light forward pressure using your fingers or thumb.
Tape threading was not completed. Turn POWER OFF and then turn the POWER ON and try again.
Loading was not completed or cassette detection not activated. Turn POWER OFF and then turn the POWER ON and try again.
Cassette loading or threading mechanism is damaged. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette loads, goes all the way down, threads, waits a few seconds then unthreads and ejects. Tape threading was not complete or completion was not detected. Turn POWER OFF and then turn the POWER ON and try again.
Cassette threading mechanism is damaged. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape begins to play upon insertion. Recorder has auto playback feature and the cassette protection tab has been removed. Normal operation press STOP to end playback.
Cassette is not fully seated in tape compartment and recorder has auto playback feature. Press EJECT and insert cassette again or try new cassette. If event repeats repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape rewinds after insertion. Tape was at the end when inserted. Rewind tape or use a new tape.
Defective cassette. Use a new tape.
Defective function mechanism. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape rewinds after insertion then stops and begins to play at the beginning. AUTO REPEAT switch set to ON. Set AUTO REPEAT switch to OFF.
Cassette loads but no functions operate.

Moisture on video drum and DEW light is lit. Wait until VCR reaches room temperature and try again.
Moisture on video drum and VCR does not have a DEW indicator. Wait until VCR reaches room temperature and try again.
Moisture on video drum and VCR has no DEW indicator. Wait until VCR reaches room temperature and try again.
Cassette detection switch is bad. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Power supply failure. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette defective and tape is not entering tape path. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette threaded improperly. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

Cassette loads but no functions operate but power and eject. VCR has detected a malfunction. Try unplugging power cord, waiting ten seconds and plugging it back in. If condition is the same repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape is unable to move. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape threaded improperly. Try ejecting cassette. If it will not eject repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette loaded improperly. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette loads but no functions operate but power and eject. Cassette inside indicator flashes. VCR has detected a malfunction. Try unplugging power cord, waiting ten seconds and plugging it back in. If condition is the same repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape is unable to move. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape threaded improperly. Try ejecting cassette. If it will not eject repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette loaded improperly. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
"Cassette inside" or symbol in display does not light up when tape is inserted. Tape is not fully loaded. Press Eject and try again or use a new cassette. Repair might be needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Defective cassette detection circuit. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
CASSETTE EJECT Cassette will not eject. Recording is being performed. Press STOP and then press EJECT.
Cassette mechanism is damaged. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Eject contact switch dirty or defective. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette ejects when any button is pressed. Cassette record protection tab is removed. Place tape over the protection hole (record lockout) or use a new cassette.
Obstruction in loading bay area. Turn POWER OFF, clear obstruction and then turn the POWER back ON and try again.
Cassette mechanism is damaged. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.).
Momentary contact switches beneath function buttons are dirty or defective.
Try repeatedly pressing the function buttons to restore contact. If this fails to return proper operation repair will be needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette ejects at an angle and gets caught. Obstruction in loading bay area. Turn POWER OFF, clear obstruction and then turn the POWER back ON and try again.
Cassette mechanism is damaged. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette starts to eject then reverses. Obstruction in loading bay area. Turn POWER OFF, clear obstruction and then turn the POWER ON and try again.
Tape unthreading was not completed or detected. Turn POWER OFF and then turn the POWER ON and try again.
Cassette threading mechanism faulty. Repair will be needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Front drop down door will not open (SL-HF2100). Repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape spills out of cassette when ejected.

Moisture on video drum and DEW indicator is lit. Wait until VCR reaches room temperature and try again.
Moisture on video drum and VCR has no DEW indicator. Wait until VCR reaches room temperature and try again.
Take up reel is not turning enough to pull tape back inside cassette during eject. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Capstan running in reverse. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette is damaged. Use another cassette.
Cassette mechanism is damaged. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

TV RECEPTION*
(All Beta VCRs with a tuner can receive analog stations only. To record digital TV stations requires a converter.)
Channel display indicator doesn't work, indicates wrong stations or shows - - (dashes). The VCR is set to LINE IN. Set the TV/LINE switch to TV.
Station has not been selected. Operate the tuner to make a channel selection*.
Tuner channel positions have not been programmed. Set the tuner TV channels*.
Tuner is defective. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
These TV reception symptoms apply only to the analog American NTSC system.
They do NOT apply to the digital broadcasting standard that is currently in use.
TV program is not properly displayed on the TV screen.

The video recorder channel is not correctly tuned to the TV receiver. Tune TV receiver to stronger station or use FINE TUNING.*
The TV signal is weak. Adjust the direction of the antenna*.
The AC power cord of the recorder is disconnected. Supply power to VCR.
Note: using the audio/video connectors is preferred over using the RF coaxial connections.

These TV reception symptoms apply only to the analog American NTSC system.
They do NOT apply to the digital broadcasting standard that is currently in use.
Picture is poor on playback. The TV channel selector is not set to the proper channel. For playback through the TV tuner it must be set to either channel 3 or 4 to match the output of the VCR*.
The TV fine tuning is not set correctly. Adjust the fine tuning on your TV monitor*.
Tracking control not set to center or adjusted to show the best noise free picture. Adjust tracking control.
Note: using the audio/video connectors is preferred over using the RF coaxial connections.
These TV reception symptoms apply only to the analog American NTSC system.
They do NOT apply to the digital broadcasting standard that is currently in use.
No picture is recorded. RECORD BETA HI-FI switch is set to STEREO AUDIO HI-FI. Set switch to STEREO BETA or REGULAR.
Stereo programs are heard in monaural.* AUTO STEREO set to OFF. Set it to ON.*
AUDIO MONITOR is set to L or R. Set the AUDIO MONITOR to ON.
Incoming broadcast signal to weak. Use FINE TUNING to correct signal or tune to a stronger station.*
Stereo amplifier circuit is bad. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
These TV reception symptoms apply only to the analog American NTSC system.
They do NOT apply to the digital broadcasting standard that is currently in use.

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The VCR does not respond when you press any of the function keys.

The built in processor might be defective. Try pressing the CL (clear) button to reset the VCR. (Note: the clock and any preset programs will be erased.)
Processor is defective. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

Recordings cannot be made, no function. Cassette is not inserted. Insert a cassette and try again.
The safety tab on the cassette has been removed. Use a new cassette or place tape over the record protection hole.
Cassette has not loaded properly. Eject it and try inserting it again.
Cassette mechanism is damaged. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Shaky and/or snowy picture during recording*. The TV channel is not set to one preset for the VCR. Select either channel 3 or 4 on the TV.
TV signal is weak. Adjust the antenna or tune to another station*.
Playback does not operate, no function. Cassette is not inserted. Insert a cassette and try again.
Power is not turned on. Turn on power and try again.
Cassette has not loaded properly. Eject it and try inserting it again.
Cassette mechanism is damaged. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
No playback or record. Stop lamp flashes (some models). Rewind or fast forward might or might not work. Tape not moving in VCR. Turn power off and try again. If this fails repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape not moving in VCR. Press eject and try a different cassette. If this fails repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.).
Cassette has not loaded properly. Eject it and try inserting it again.
Reel mechanism is damaged. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
No picture or no audio during playback.

The VCR AUDIO or VIDEO INPUT connections are incorrect. Check VCR connections.
Television/monitor AUDIO or VIDEO INPUT setting are incorrect.. Check television/monitor connections.
Defective videocassette. Try using another recorded cassette.
Wrong type of cassette. Betacam, BetacamSP, BetacamSX and Digital Becam cassettes will load but will not record in the Betamax.

No picture or no audio during playback when using a high definition television. VIDEO INPUT connection not set to composie Video. Check connections.
Tracking not adjusted for best picture. Some HDTVs produce a blank screen when the tracking is not adjusted to the optimum setting.
Picture bounces up and down. Vertical hold adjusted incorrectly on the television/monitor. Adjust vertical hold.
Defective videocassette. Try using another recorded cassette.
Dirty video heads. Clean the heads using the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. (Clicking on this link loads the "Beta Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.)
Video heads are worn beyond their expectancy and repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Picture tears from side to side. Horizontal hold adjusted incorrectly on the television/monitor. Adjust horizontal hold.
Defective videocassette. Try using another recorded cassette.
Dirty video heads. Clean the heads using the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. (Clicking on this link loads the "Beta Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.)
Video heads are worn beyond their expectancy and repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Color noise in picture (color confetti). Recording made from a weak broadcast signal. Record again and tune to a better incoming signal.
Dirty video heads. Clean the heads using the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. (Clicking on this link loads the "Beta Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.)
Video heads are worn beyond their expectancy and repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
No picture or noisy picture during pause mode.

Dirty video heads. Clean the heads using the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. (Clicking on this link loads the "Beta Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.)
VCR is not capable of producing a picture during pause mode. Consult the models owner's manual.

No picture or scrambled picture during pause or scan mode only when playing tapes recorded in the BI speed. VCR is not capable of producing a picture or clear picture during these modes when playing back the BI speed recorded tapes. Consult the models owner's manual.
No picture and no audio during recording and playback.

The TV's channel is not set to that preset of the video recorder. Select channel 3 or 4 on the TV/monitor.
The INPUT SELECT is set to the wrong input. Set the INPUT SELECT video switch to the correct input when using component video in.
The AUDIO or VIDEO INPUT connections are incorrect. Check connections.
The INPUT SELECT switch is set to TV when audio/video inputs are being used. Set INPUT SELECT switch to INPUT.
The INPUT SELECT video switch is set to composite video (phono plug) when using S-video in. Set the INPUT SELECT video switch to S-video when using S-video in.

Picture or sound fades or blanks out. Video can be seen during pause, step and scan. The video heads might be contaminated. Clean the heads using the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. For details on cleaning, refer to the instructions furnished with the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. (Clicking on these link loads the "Beta Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.) If the picture will not clear professional cleaning may be required or the video heads might be worn beyond their useful life expectancy and repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The tape path might be contaminated. Clean the path using the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. For details on cleaning, refer to the instructions furnished with the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. (Clicking on these links loads the "Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.) If the picture or sound will not clear professional cleaning might be required and repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.).
Video out or audio circuitry is defective. Repair will be needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Defective cassette. Use a new or different tape. Examine the tape for imperfections using the "Tape Damage Report" in this Website. (Clicking on this link opens a separate floating panel.)
No picture, audio okay. Check PLAYBACK MODE switch. Set switch to VIDEO/AUDIO.
The INPUT SELECT video switch is set to S-VIDEO when using composite video in. Set the INPUT SELECT video switch to VIDEO when using composite (phono plug) video in.
The INPUT SETECT video switch is set to composite video when using S-video in. Set the INPUT SELECT video switch to S-video when using S-video in.
Cassette is damaged. Use another cassette.
Cassette mechanism is damaged. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Video out circuitry is defective. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Function buttons don't operate or operate the wrong functions. Momentary contact switches beneath buttons dirty or defective.
Try repeatedly pressing the buttons to restore contact. If this fails to return proper operation repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.).
Picture being recorded cannot be monitored on the TV screen. The TV's channel is not set to that preset of the video recorder. Select channel 3 or 4 on the TV/monitor.
TV/VCR switch set to VCR. Press TV/VCR so that the VCR indicator appears in the display window or the button lights up.
Noise bar appears at top and travels to bottom of picture. Buzz in hi-fi audio. Tape has wrinkle in tape or it has been spliced .Use a new or different cassette. Examine the tape for imperfections using the "Tape Damage Report" in this Website. (Clicking on this link opens a separate floating panel.)
Pulse or streaks appear at top and travels to bottom of picture. Outside interferrence. Eliminate source of static disturbance. Burst or AC line filter might be required.
Defective capstan. Repair will be needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Defective Reel motor. Repair will be needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Noise bar(s) or darkened areas appear and travel from side to side. Outside interferrence. Eliminate source of static disturbance, an AC line filter or isolation filter might be required.
Noisy picture.

TRACKING control not set to center or adjusted to show the best noise free picture. Adjust tracking control.
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
Edit switch is set to EDIT. Set it to NORM.
PCM switch in incorrect position. When you are not using a PCM processor, keep the PCM selector set to the PCM OFF position.
The video heads might be contaminated. Clean the heads using the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. For details on cleaning, refer to the instructions furnished with the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. (Clicking on these links loads the "Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.) If the picture will not clear professional cleaning may be required or the video heads might be worn beyond their useful life expectancy and repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.).
Video out circuitry is defective. Repair will be needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

The playback picture is not clear or distorted. TRACKING control not set to center or adjusted to show the best noise free picture. Adjust tracking control.
Check the SuperBeta switch. Set it to match the recorded tape.
SHARPNESS is not adjusted correctly. Adjust the SHARPNESS.
Edit switch is set to EDIT. Set it to NORM.
PCM switch in incorrect position. When you are not using a PCM processor, keep the PCM selector set to the PCM OFF position.
Video out circuitry is defective. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
White or black lines or specks in picture during playback.

TRACKING control not set to center or adjusted to show the best noise free picture. Adjust TRACKING control.
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
Edit switch is set to EDIT. Set it to NORM.
PCM switch in incorrect position. When you are not using a PCM processor, keep the PCM selector set to the PCM OFF position.
Video out circuitry is defective. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

White or black lines or specks in picture at beginning of playback that change or clear up.

TRACKING control not set to center or adjusted to show the best noise free picture. Adjust TRACKING control.
AUTO TRACKING control is adjusting center to display the best noise free picture (applies to SL-HF2000 and SL-HF2100 only). Try adjusting TRACKING using manual controls.
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
Video out circuitry is defective. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

The tracking bar does not appear on the screen (applies to SL-HF2000). Tracking display turned off. PressTRACKING AUTO/MANUAL on the remote control.
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
Lines or specks in picture during pause, step or stop motion playback. STILL TRACKING out of adjustment. Adjust tracking (some picture noise is acceptable).
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
Noise bands or streaks appears in fast play, 2x or 3x. TRACKING is not correct. Adjust TRACKING to remove the noise band (some picture noise is normal).
Noise bands or streaks appears in the slow motion picture, of the freeze picture. TRACKING is not correct. Adjust the TRACKING to move the noise band (some picture noise is unavoidable on most machines).
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
The picture is distorted in super-slow motion playback mode. TRACKING is not correct. Set to normal playback mode, and press SLOW again (some picture noise is unavoidable on most machines).
The picture is distorted in 1/5 and 1/10 speed playback mode. Noise band appears. SLOW TRACKING is out of adjustment. Adjust the SLOW TRACKING to move it.
Distorted or noisy sound. Recording level was not properly adjusted. Adjust recording level.
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
Picture okay, no Sound.

Recording level was not properly adjusted. Adjust recording level.
Playback level was not properly adjusted. Adjust playback level.
TRACKING adjustment is incorrect. Adjust TRACKING to clear sound.
AUDIO was set to SAP. Set AUDIO switch to Betahi-fi.
Tape is defective. Use a new video cassette.
Defective audio circuit or tape path problem. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

Sound drop-outs from a Betahi-fi recording. Tracking not adjusted correctly. Adjust the tracking.
The tape is defective. Use a new video cassette tape.
Records in black and white when the incoming broadcast picture is in color. Automatic frequency control of the tuner is improperly adjusted. Adjust the tuner*.
Defective tuner section of VCR. Repair is needed*. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape is defective. Use a new video cassette.
These TV reception symptoms apply only to the analog American NTSC system.
They do NOT apply to the digital broadcasting standard that is currently in use.
Records with color in the picture when the incoming broadcast is in black and white.

Automatic frequency control of the tuner is improperly adjusted. Adjust the tuner*.
Tuner isbetween stations or improperly adjusted. Adjust the tuner*.
Defective tuner section of VCR. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

These TV reception symptoms apply only to the analog American NTSC system.
They do NOT apply to the digital broadcasting standard that is currently in use.
Records in black and white when the video input picture is in color. Signal going into the input is too weak. Check source and the cables going into VCR*.
Defective color section of VCR. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
These TV reception symptoms apply only to the analog American NTSC system.
They do NOT apply to the digital broadcasting standard that is currently in use.
Records with color in the picture when the video input is in black and white. Signal going into the input is too weak. Check source and cables going into VCR*.
Signal going into the input is too strong or mis-matched. Check source and the cables going into VCR*.
Color selector on the VCR is set too high. Reduce the color selection.
Defective color section of VCR. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
These TV reception symptoms apply only to the analog American NTSC system.
They do NOT apply to the digital broadcasting standard that is currently in use.
SAP sound cannot be recorded. Set NORMAL AUDIO to SAP. To listen to the SAP, set AUDIO MONITOR (BETAHI-FI/MIX/NORM) to NORM.
Data screen does not appear. MPX FILTER is set to PCM. Set to ON or OFF.
DATA SCREEN is set to OFF. Set to ON.
The TV or monitor is connected to the LINE OUT jacks. Connect it to the MONITOR OUT jacks.
All the display items on page 0 are set to the turned off mode. Select items to display in page 0.
VCR does not have data screen capability.
On-screen information not available. On-screen display is turned off. Turn on on-screen display.
VCR does not have on-screen capability. Use a different Beta VCR.
No input signal. Provide a signal from tuner or from video in.
Video out circuitry is defective. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Timer recording was not made correctly. The clock is not set correctly. Set clock.
There has been a power interruption. Repeat recording.
The cassette inserted has had the safety tab removed. Use a new cassette or place tape over the record protection hole.
No cassette has been inserted. Insert a cassette.
The tape is at its end. Rewind tape.
Two or more timer settings overlap. Check timer settings.
Record mode cannot be engaged. The safety tab on the cassette has been removed. Use a new cassette or place tape over the record protection hole.
Defective record lock-out switch. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The cassette is ejected when the record button was pressed. The safety tab on the cassette has been removed. Use a new cassette or place tape over the record protection hole.
Defective record lock-out switch. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
symbol in display and "TIMER" indicators blink and cassette is ejected when TIMER REC ON/OFF or QUICK TIMER is pressed. The safety tab has been removed from the cassette. Use a new cassette or place tape over the record protection hole.
The tape is at its end. Rewind tape or use a new cassette.
Defective record lock-out switch. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
symbol in display and "TIMER" indicators blink when TIMER REC ON/OFF or QUICK TIMER is pressed. The safety tab has been removed from the cassette. Use a new cassette or place tape over the record protection hole.
The tape is at its end. Rewind tape or use a new cassette.
Defective record lock-out switch. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
No sound from headphones. No audio recorded on tape. Use a tape with audio recorded.
Volume too low. Adjust volume.
Volume control might be faulty. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Crackling sound from headphones when volume knob is turned. Dirt or dust has contaminated the volume control. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Crackling sound from audio when volume knob(s) or slide controls are adjusted. Dirt or dust has contaminated the volume controls or slides. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
No sound is heard during playback A tape on which no sound is recorded on the conventional (monaural) audio track is being played back with the AUDIO MONITOR set to NORM. Set it to BETA HI-FI.
No audio signal at audio input or wrong connection. Correct audio IN connection.
Audio DUB selected with no connection or signal at audio IN terminal. Correct audio IN connection.
Incorrect connection at MIC (microphone) terminal. Connect microphone to MIC terminal.
Sound goes off when playing a Betahi-fi recorded tape.

TRACKING adjustment is incorrect. Adjust TRACKING to clear sound.
AUDIO was set to SAP. Set AUDIO switch to Betahi-fi.
Defective tape or tape path. Repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape is defective. Use a new video cassette.

No sound was recorded in the conventional audio track. NORMAL AUDIO was set to SAP and there was no SAP broadcast .Set switch to NORMAL AUDIO.
No picture input when using the S-video, BNC or phono jacks. V INPUT SELECT(video input select) switch in wrong position. Set V INPUT switch to the correct input used (pertains to SL-HF1000, SL-HF3000, EDV-9300, EDV-9500 and EDW-30F).
Defective video input circuit. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Synchro-edits unable to be performed (on recorders so equipped). Control-S cable not installed or inserted all the way. Install Control-S cable.
No control track recorded on tape to be copied. Record about five seconds of recording prior to synchro-editing.
Control-S cables in wrong sockets. Check to sure that cable is coming from Control-S out on the playback unit to Control-S in on the recording unit.
Pre-roll edits unable to be performed (applies to SL-HF1000, SL-HF3000, EDV-9300, EDV-9500) and EDW-30F. Control-T cable not installed or inserted all the way. Install Control-T cable.
No control track recorded on tape to be copied. Record about five seconds of recording prior to pre-roll editing.
Control-T cables in wrong sockets. Check to sure that cable is coming from Control-T out on the playback unit to Control-T in on the recording unit.
Picture is black, sound is okay (SL-HF1000 and SL-HF3000). BLACK SCREEN switch is set to black. Set switch to normal.
REWIND No rewind Power is turned off. Set it to on.
Tape is at the beginning and cannot be rewound.
VCR is recording. Stop recording to rewind.
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
The counter memory is set to ON. Set it to OFF.
Blank spot (no control signal recorded) on tape found when rewinding in search for blank space mode. Turn off blank search mode or use tape with recorded control track signal.
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
Defective motor. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape stops before it reaches the end. The counter memory is set to ON. Set it to OFF.
Blank spot (no control signal recorded) on tape found when rewinding in search for blank space mode. Turn off blank search mode.
Too much drag in the tape path. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
Slapping or popping noise (SL-2000, SL-2005, SL-2500, SL-2700, SLO-1800, Zenith VR 9800 and VR 9775PT). Too much drag in the tape path. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
FAST FORWARD No fast forward. Power is turned off. Set it to on.
Tape is at the end and cannot go forward.
VCR is recording. Stop recording to select fast forward.
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
Defective motor. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape stops before it reaches the end. The counter memory is set to ON. Set it to OFF.
Blank spot (no control signal recorded) on tape found when rewinding in search for blank space mode. Turn off blank search mode.
Too much drag in the tape path. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
Slapping or popping noise (SL-2000, SL-2005, SL-2500, SL-2700, SLO-1800, Zenith VR 9800 and VR 9775PT). Too much drag in the tape path. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
STOP Stop light flashes. Tape has loaded improperly. Press EJECT and insert again or use different cassette.
VCR has detected improper tape movement. Turn POWER OFF once and after a few seconds turn POWER to ON.
Tape movement defect. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
PAUSE STILL PICTURE Lines or specks in picture. STILL TRACKING out of adjustment. Adjust STILL TRACKING.
Defective cassette. Use a new cassette.
No still picture. Cassette recorded in and played on a VCR not capable of displaying a still picture in that speed. Use a still picture capable VCR.
VCR shuts down. Defective cassette. Try a new or known good cassette.
Defective cpastan or reel motor. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
STEP FRAME, 1/10 AND 1/5 Picture unstable. SLOW TRACKING not adjusted properly. Adjust SLOW TRACKING for best picture.
No step motion.

No control track recorded on tape. Try again in section of tape with a recording on it.
Tape recorded in the speed and unit doesn't step-motion in this speed. Try again in section of tape not recorded in the speed.
Model does not have step-motion feature. Try again using a model that supports step-motion.
Unit model requires tape be placed in step-motion, pause, or swing search before step-motion can be activated. Press pause and try again.
Push buttons defective on VCR or remote. Repair is needed or replace remote batteries or remote (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

No picture in step, 1/10 or 1/5 speeds. Cassette recorded in and played on a VCR not capable of displaying a step frame, 1/10 or 1/5 speed picture. Use a step frame, 1/10, 1/5 capable VCR.
VCR shuts down. Defective reel drive motor. Repair will be required (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
FAST PLAY X2 AND X3 Picture unstable. TRACKING not adjusted properly. Adjust TRACKING for best picture.
No picture in fast play speed. Cassette recorded in and played on a VCR not capable of displaying a fast play picture in that speed. Use a fast play capable VCR.
No fast play. No control track recorded on tape. Try again in section of tape with a recording on it.
Tape recorded in the speed and unit doesn't step-motion in this speed. Try again in section of tape not recorded in the speed.
Model does not have fast play feature. Try agani using a model that supports fast play.
Unit model requires tape be placed in step-motion, pause, or swing search before fast play can be activated. Press pause and try again.
Push buttons defective on VCR or remote. Repair is needed or replace remote batteries or remote (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
No audio in fast play Tracking out of adjustment. Try adjusting tracking for best picture and audio.
Model requires Betahi-fi to be turned on for audio copression. Turn on Betahi-fi and try again.
Model does not have fast play audio conpression feature. Try another model with audio during fast play feature.
VCR shuts down. Defective reel drive motor. Repair is needed (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
FLASH MOTION No picture. No picture recorded. Use a tape with a recorded picture.
BETASCAN REVIEW The picture moves vertically in Betascan or BetaScan review (reverse) mode. Vertical hold on monitor is not adjusted correctly. Adjust the vertical hold control on the TV or monitor.
No picture. No picture recorded. Use a tape with a recorded picture.
VCR shuts down. Defective reel drive motor. Repair is needed (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
BETASCAN CUE The picture moves vertically in Betascan or BetaScan cue (forward) mode. Vertical hold on monitor is not adjusted correctly. Adjust the vertical hold control on the TV or monitor.
No picture. No picture recorded. Use a tape with a recorded picture.
VCR shuts down. Defective reel drive motor. Repair is necessary (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
BETASKIPSCAN REVIEW The picture moves vertically in Betascan or BetaSkipScan review mode. Vertical hold on monitor is not adjusted correctly. Adjust the vertical hold control on the TV or monitor.
No picture. No picture recorded. Use a tape with a recorded picture.
VCR shuts down. Defective reel drive motor. Repair is needed (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
BETASKIPSCAN CUE The picture moves vertically in Betascan or BetaSkipScan cue (forward) mode. Vertical hold on monitor is not adjusted correctly. Adjust the vertical hold control on the TV or monitor.
No picture. No picture recorded. Use a tape with a recorded picture.
VCR shuts down. Defective reel drive motor. Repair will be needed (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
SUPERSCAN No picture. No picture recorded. Use a tape with a recorded picture.
Picture unstable or partially missing. Poor picture recorded. Use a tape with a good recorded picture.
VCR out of adjustment. Repair is required (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
SUPER SLOW MOTION VCR shuts down. Defective cassette. Try a new cassette.
Defective reel drive motor. Repair is needed (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
No picture. No picture recorded. Use a tape with a recorded picture.
PLAYBACK SPEED Playback speed is not correct. The TAPE SPEED selector is not set correctly. Set it to .
VCR is not designed to operate at the recorded speed. Use a VCR that will play the recorded speed of the cassette.
PLAYBACK OF PRERECORDED TAPES No picture appears on the TV screen or monitor when the play button is pressed. TV channel is not set to the operating channel of the VCR. Set the TV to the VCR operating channel (either 3 or 4).
TV/VCR SELECTOR is in the TV position. Set it to VCR position.
No picture, but the sound is clear. Dust and dirt on the video heads. Use a MisterBetamax cleaning cassette or have it professionally cleaned. (Clicking on this link loads the "Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.)
Noise interferes with the playback picture. Reception on the TV receiver is poor. Adjust the fine tuning knob of the TV receiver to receive the best picture.
Incorrect adjustment of the tracking control. Adjust the tracking for the best picture.
Dust and dirt on the video heads. Use a MisterBetamax cleaning cassette or have it professionally cleaned. (Clicking on these links loads special pages in the main browser.)
No playback when the PLAY button is pressed (PLAY indicator does not light up). Tape is at the end and the auto-stop is activated. Rewind the tape.
Moisture condensation on the video drum. DEW indicator is lit (some models). Wait until the unit reaches room temperature or the DEW light goes out.

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The recorder cannot be controlled by the infrared remote.

Remote control and VCR on different settings. Check that settings are the same on both units (VTR-1, VTR-2, VTR-3).
The remote is turned off. Turn remote on (applies to remotes with an on/off switch).
The batteries in the Remote Commander are exhausted. Replace batteries.
The contacts inside the battery compartment are not making good connection. Slightly extend the tabs inside so that they make proper contact.
There is an obstruction between the remote and the receiver window of the VCR. Remove the obstruction.
Remote is too far away.. Move closer to the VCR.
Wrong remote. Verify that remote is capable of operating the VCR.
The Remote is pointed toward the remote sensor of this VCR when a plug is connected to the CONTROL-S IN jack. Remove connection at CONTROL-S IN jack or control VCR from another unit.
Remote is defective. Relace the remote.
The cassette cannot be inserted. The cassette is upside down. Insert cassette correctly.
Obstruction in the loading compartment. Clear obstruction and try again.
Defective loader assembly. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Cassette does not seat properly inside VCR.

The cassette is upside down. Insert cassette correctly.
Obstruction in the loading compartment. Clear obstruction and try again.
Cassette not pressed forward slightly upon insertion. Eject cassette and try again using slight follow through forward.
Defective cassette. Try a new cassette.
Tape inside cassette not located correctly. Try a new cassette.
Defective loader assembly. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

The cassette is ejected as soon as it is inserted.

Moisture has condensed inside the unit. Wait until the DEW indicator stops blinking or goes out.
Obstruction in the loading compartment. Clear obstruction and try again. (Also see Cassette does not seat properly above.)

The cassette cannot be ejected.

 

Recording is being done. Press STOP then EJECT.
Cassette threaded incorrectly. Repair will be needed. (Clicking on these links loads special pages in the main browser.)
Power failure. Supply power to the VCR and try again.
Defective loader assembly. Repair will be needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)

On-screen display. Data screen does not appear (applies to SL-HF1000 and EDV-9500). Incorrect output jack. Use the MONITOR OUT jack to output the data screen.
MPX FILTER is set to PCM. Set to ON or OFF
DATA SCREEN is set to OFF mode. Press it again.
VCR set to VIDEO BLACK mode. Turn off BLACK SCREEN.
On-screen display does not appear (applies to SL-HF2000). Display turn off. Press display button on the remote.
Remote control mode has been set incorrectly. Reprogram remote.
Stop indicator or cassette indicator flashes and most functions don't operate. A problem has occurred during tape movement or to the mechanism inside the VCR. Turn VCR off and then turn on again and press eject to remove cassette. If indicator continues to flash and ejecting cassette doesn't correct the problem repair will be required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
A short beep sounds repeatedly and a help message appears on the screen (some models) An inappropriate operation has been treied. Recheck function or follow the help message on the screen.
Function buttons don't operate and only the ON/OFF or EJECT buttons work. VCR set to TIMER when cassette was inserted. Turn TIMER OFF and try again.
A problem has occurred during tape movement or to the
mechanism inside the VCR. Turn VCR off and then turn on again and press eject to remove cassette. If problem continues after ejecting the cassette repair will be required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
VCR will not operate and DEW lamp is lit. Moisture has accumulated inside the VCR. Allow VCR to reach room temperature (two hours recommended) and try operation again.
Counter does not change when tape is moving (analog tumbler type counter). Counter stuck between numbers. Press zero button to clear.
Counter drive belt loose, slipping or broken. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Tape is not moving. Try another cassette. If results are the same repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Hours, minutes and seconds does not change when tape is moving (H,M,S digital type counter). Tape is new and has not been recorded. Counter will not detect and register a blank tape. Use a tape with a recorded picture.
Display set to CLOCK. Set display to COUNTER.
Defective clock/counter circuit. Repair is required. (Clicking on these links loads special pages in the main browser.)
Panel buttons produce incorrect functions. Switches under the panel buttons are defective. Try repeatedly pressing the buttons to restore proper functions. If this fails or the problem returns repair is necessary. (Clicking on these links loads special pages in the main browser.)
One or more LEDs do not light in audio volume display. Defective LED display. Repair is required. (Clicking on these links loads special pages in the main browser.)
No picture in picture, zoom, stop motion, flash motion, mosaic art, picture art, multi-strobe,manual multi-strobe, memory recall and increase/decrease do not operate (pertains only to Betas with digital special effects). DIGITAL OFF button pressed. Press buttons to activate digital picture.
DIGITAL buttons not pressed. Press to select function.
No picture recorded. Use a tape with a recorded picture.
Wrong buttons pressed on remote. Check remote for proper operation.
Batteries dead or weak in remote. Install new batteries and try again.
Obstruction blocking receiver window on VCR for remote. Remove obstruction and try again.
The Remote is pointed toward the remote sensor of this VCR when a plug is connected to the CONTROL-S IN jack. Remove connection at CONTROL-S IN jack or control VCR from another unit.
Defective digital circuit. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
SAP sound cannot be heard. NORMAL AUDIO switch set to NORM. Set NORMAL AUDIO switch to SAP. To listen to the SAP, set the AUDIO MONITOR (HI-FI/NORM ) switch to NORM.
Defective electronics. Repair will be required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
SAP sound cannot be played back. NORMAL AUDIO switch set to SAP. Set AUDIO MONITOR (HI-FI/NORM) switch to NORM.
No sound recorded on the conventional audio track. NORMAL MONITOR switch was set to SAP and there was no SAP broadcast. Set AUDIO MONITOR switch to NORM.
Picture is not sharp. TRACKING not set properly. Adjust tracking for best picture.
Weak signal recorded. Fine tune to a stronger signal and record again.
SHARPNESS control set all the way to SOFT picture. Adjust SHARPNESS control to SHARPEN.
SuperBeta switch set to OFF. Set it to ON.
Bad tape. Try a tape of known better quality and compare. Use a new tape.
Detail switch set to NORM (SL-HF900 only). Set it to HI.
No color (color recording plays with black and white picture) Weak signal recorded. Fine tune to a stronger signal and record.
Defective electronics. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Unusual amount of video noise (dropouts) during playback. Tracking is not adjusted properly. Adjust the tracking
Bad tape. Try a tape of known better quality and compare. Use a new tape.
Dust and dirt on the video heads. Use a MisterBetamax cleaning cassette or have it professionally cleaned. (Clicking on these links loads special pages in the main browser.)
EDIT switch is in the on position. Unless machine to machine recording is being performed set the EDIT switch to OFF. (Clicking on this link opens a special floating window.)
PCM switch is set to ON. Set the PCM switch to OFF. (Clicking on this link opens a special floating window.)
VCR was not allowed to reach room temperature before using. Try again after it has set for several hours.
Moisture on the video drum. Allow the VCR to reach room temperature before using. Try again after it has set for several hours.
RF output set to wrong channel. Ensure that both the RF out (TV out) on the VCR and the RF input of the TV are the same.
Video drum not turning. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Bad video heads. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.).
Dropout correction circuit (DOC) is not performing correctly. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Video head amplifier circuit is bad. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Picture is completely black. VCR not connected to TV/monitor. Check video connection.
VIDEO BLACK has been selected. Set BLACK SCREEN to OFF.
(SL-HF1000, SL-HF3000)
Video circuit is bad. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Picture being recorded cannot be monitored on the TV or monitor. TV/VCR switch set to TV. Press the TV/VCR switch so the VCR picture can be seen on the TV or monitor.
Video head amplifier circuit is bad. Repair is required (clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser).
Display is too dark or not lit. Unit is not plugged in to a power source. Supply power to the unit.
Brightness setting is set to low. Set it to high.
Defective display. Repair is needed. (Clicking on these links loads special pages in the main browser.)
Pre-roll editing not working.
(SL-HF1000, SL-HF3000, EDV-9500, EDV-9300)
Programming incorrect. Check to see that none of the edit points overlap or do a test run to verify edit points.
Wrong cable. Use control-T cable between devices.
Title recording unstable when using VIDEO BLACK. (SL-HF1000, SL-HF3000) No incoming signal. Tune to an active TV channel or input a source at the video in terminal.
ONLY FOR PORTABLE BETAS Battery in VCR cannot be charged

Power switch of Tuner/Timer set in the ON position. Set it to OFF to charge battery.
Charging button has not been pressed. Press charge button to begin Charging.
Connecting cable is not attached. Attach cable.
Battery is too exhausted for charging to begin. Leave it overnight and try again.
Battery is no longer able to take a charge. Replace battery.

No picture when two cameras are used. Two cameras or other equipment cannot be used together at the same time (such as one to the camera connection and on to the Camera DIN terminal). Mixing picture cannot be done by this method, damage could result. Disconnect one of the devices.
No picture or distorted picture when camera is used. Camera must conform to EIA (American TV standard). Cameras that work on SECAM, PAL or NTSC 4.43 cannot be used with American standard NTSC (3.58). Use the proper camera.
VCR will not operate and DEW lamp is lit. Moisture has accumulated inside the VCR. Allow VCR to reach room temperature and try operation again.
* With todays digital broadcasting and the limits of analog reception these troubleshooting tips might not be viable.
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Recording cannot be made. The camera is not connected to the recorder. Connect the camera.
The INPUT SELECT switch of the recorder or tuner-timer unit is not set to camera. Set to the CAMERA position.
The TAPE RUN/STOP button does not operate. The LOCK switch is set to the lock position. Set the LOCK switch to the right.
The button does not operate immediately even if the power in ON. Press the button a few seconds after the picture appeared in the viewfinder.
The button does not operate when connected to a recorder without a camera connector or remote camera connector. The start or stop the recording, press the REC button or STOP button on the recorder.
Does not operate when pressing the button repeatedly at short intervals. Press the button at intervals of two seconds or more.
The picture does not appear immediately on pressing the TAPE RUN/STOP button. The fader is operating. (A white band appears on the left in the viewfinder.) Eliminate the fade by pressing the FADER switch.
The playback sound cannot be monitored by the earphone. The EARPHONE switch is set to MIC. Set the switch to VTR.
When connected to a recorder using an AC adapter, the playback sound cannot be monitored by the earphone. Use the EARPHONE out on the recorder (if so equipped) to monitor recordings.
Fade-in and fade-out does not work. A white band does not appear on the left of the viewfinder. Position the FADER switch so that the white band appears.
The recording is started or stopped by pressing the pause button on the recorder. The fader function does not operate except when starting or stopping the recording by pressing the TAPE RUN/STOP button on the camera.
The PEAKING switch on the viewfinder is ON. The picture in the viewfinder stays as it is, but the recorded picture is faded in and faded out. When the PEAKING switch is set to OFF, the fader effect is monitored in the viewfinder screen.
When checking the recorded picture by pressing the REC REVIEW button, the picture cannot be monitored. The picture was faded out when the recording had stopped. A faded out picture cannot be monitored by pressing the REC REVIEW button. Rewind the tape and play back the picture.
The HVC-2000 cannot use this feature. Use a different camera.
K-connector not attached correctly. Insure that connector is secure.
When monitoring the playback picture in the viewfinder the TAPE RUN/STOP button is pressed to stop the tape but the tape does not stop immediately. The fader is operating. Once the tape has stopped, the fader is automatically released. Afterwards the tape operate normally.
The picture when played back is not the right color. Set the WHITE BALANCE selector to correspond to the lighting conditions.
The playback picture is reversed (HVC-2400 only). The VIDEO switched is set to REVERSE. Set it to NORMAL.
CCD-G5 CAMERA Power is not supplied to the camera. The camera is not connected to the recorder. Connect the camera.
The INPUT SELECT switch of the recorder or tuner-timer unit is not set to camera. Set to the CAMERA position.
The recorder operates with battery. The power is supplied by pressing the REC (and play at the same time if so required) button.
The start/stop button does not operate. The button does not operate when connected to the recorder which does not have camera connector and camera remote jack. To start and stop recording, press the REC button or stop button on the recorder.
The button has been pressed repeatedly in short intervals. Press the button at intervals of two seconds or more.
White balance cannot be adjusted automatically. The yellow lamp in the viewfinder is lit to warn that the subject is too dark. Point the camera at a light source with the lens cap in place or increase illumination.
A special light is used.(Refer to the manual about adjusting the white balance.)
The picture when played back is not the right color. Set the WHITE BALANCE selector to correspond to the lighting conditions.
Record review cannot be used to check the recording results. The picture was faded out when the recording had stopped. A faded out picture cannot be monitored by pressing the REC REVIEW button. Rewind the tape and play back the picture.
The picture does not appear immediately on pressing the start/stop button. The fader operates. (The white band appears in the viewfinder.) Release the fade by pressing the fader button.
A vertical band appears when subject such as lights or a candle flame is shot against a dark background. The contrast between the subject and the background is too high; the camera is not malfunctioning.

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The POWER switch is set to ON but the unit does not operate. There is no battery inserted. Insert a battery.
The battery has insufficient charge to operate unit. Insert a charged battery.
The plug of the AC pack is disconnected from the unit. Insert the AC power source plug.
The CAMERA/VTR switch is set to CAMERA on but no picture is displayed in the viewfinder. The lens cap has not been removed. Remove the lens cap.
The iris selector id set to MANU (manual) and the iris is closed. Press the temporary automatic iris adjustment button to open the iris.
The internal power regulator is bad. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The VTR button has been pressed but the tape does not run.

The CAMERA/VTR switch is set to CAMERA OFF- VTR SAVE. Set it to ON.
The tape has come to the end. Insert another tape.
The tape is in record prevention mode. Set the tape to record mode or use another tape.
The tape is stuck to the video drum. Remove the cassette and insert it again.
The tape is not an ED Beta cassette. Insert an ED Beta cassette

The button on the VCR has been pressed but the tape does not run. The CAMERA/VTR switch is set to CAMERA ON. Set it to OFF.
The tape has reached the end. Insert another cassette.
The power turns off. Battery is discharged. Insert a charged battery.
The battery is used up quickly. The ambient temperature is too low. Change location or conditions.
The tape has reached the end. Insert another cassette.
The cassette cannot be removed. The battery is discharged. Insert a charged battery.
The POWER switch is set to OFF. Turn the POWER to ON.
The CAMERA/VTR switch is set to CAMERA ON - VTR STANDBY. Set it to ON.
A vertical band appears when a bright subject is against a dark background. The phenomenon occurs when the contrast between the subject and the background is too high. This not a malfunction. Change subject contrast to correct.
Light belt-like lines appear when a bright subject is against a dark background. This is called the smear phenomenon and is not a malfunction. Change subject contrast to correct.
The image on the viewfinder is not clear. The diopter is not correctly adjusted. Adjust the diopter ring to correct.
The playback picture is not clear. Dust and dirt on the video heads. Use a MisterBetamax cleaning cassette or have it professionally cleaned. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The color on the playback picture is not correct. The white balance was incorrectly adjust at the time of recording. Adjust the white balance prior to recording.
The white balance cannot be adjusted. The lighting is insufficient. Increase the amount of light or raise the level of the picture GAIN selector.
No sound can be recorded. The REC LEVEL controls are set to 0 (zero). Adjust the REC LEVEL.
Defective recording circuit. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The recorded sound is distorted. The audio recording level was too high. Adjust the REC LEVEL controls and record the sound again.
Defective recording circuit. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The recorded sound is noisy. The audio level was too low. Adjust the REC LEVEL controls and record the sound again.
Defective recording circuit. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
THIS SECTION PERTAINS ONLY TO BETAMOVIE CAMCORDERS
POWER No power. Unit is not turned on. Move the power switch to ON.
Battery discharged. Insert charged battery.
Internal protective fuse is bad. Repair is needed to replace fuse. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
RECORDING Recording does not start when REC START/STOP button is pressed. Battery discharged. Insert charged battery.
No cassette is inserted. Insert a cassette.
The cassette safety tab is removed. Cover the record protection hole under the cassette or insert a new cassette.
The tape is at it end and the symbol in display blinks. Eject cassette and rewind it, or replace it with a new cassette.
The tape is stuck to the video head drum. Eject the cassette and insert it again.
The function buttons cannot be activated or a cassette cannot be inserted. Moisture has condensed inside the unit and symbol blinks in display. Eject the cassette and let the unit sit and reach room temperature until the moisture evaporates.
symbol blinks in display and the cassette cannot be taken out with the EJECT button. Tape is stuck to the guides inside the unit. Take the battery out or remove the external power supply and wait unit the moisture evaporates.
CAUTION or "C" lamp inside viewfinder is blinking. Thesymbol blinks in display. Video heads are clogged or dirty. Start and stop the recorder several times to try and clear the heads. If unsuccessful clean the heads by using the Misterßetamax cleaning cassette. (Clicking on this link loads the "Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.) If the picture will not clear professional cleaning may be required or the video heads might be worn beyond their useful life expectancy and repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
White Balance cannot be adjusted. ("W" lamp blinks slowly in the viewfinder.) There is not enough light and "L" lamp lights in the viewfinder. Add lighting.
An unusual lighting condition exists. Set the WHITE BALANCE selector to or so that the "W" lamp lights in the viewfinder.
The auto focus function does not work. The FOCUS is not set to AUTO. Set the FOCUS switch to AUTO.
Shooting conditions are not suitable for auto focus operation (see operation manual). Set the FOCUS switch to MAN and focus manually.
Infrared beam transmitter or detector is foggy or dirty. Wait until condensation evaporates or, if dirty, clean the transmitter/detector.
The cassette cannot be ejected. The internal battery is exhausted. Replace with a charged battery.
The power connection not properly made. Connect an AC power adapter or a car battery cord. Turn on the AC power adapter.
The picture when played back is not clear.

Focusing was not properly done. Adjust the eyesight correction knob before using again.
Check the SuperBeta switch. Set it to match the recorded tape.

The picture when played back is not the right color. Set the WHITE BALANCE selector to or so that the "W" lamp lights in the viewfinder.
No picture appears in the (electronic) viewfinder or the picture is too dark or too bright. The iris is locked. Release the IRIS lock.
The SENS switch is not set correctly. Set the SENS switch to the appropriate position.
Date and time not registering. Battery for date and time exhausted. Replace the battery.
THIS SECTION PERTAINS ONLY TO EDITORS USED WITH BETA
RM-440 No figures displayed or they don't change on the time counter. Connections might not be attached firmly. Insert the connectors firmly into position.
There may not be a control signal recorded on the tape. The figures in this case will not move.
Reverse mode does not function. Set the REVERSE switch (on the rear panel) to on.
When using a video cassette recorder that has no reverse function, the reverse mode does not function. (Set the REVERSE switch to OFF.)
No PREVIEW, no AUTO EDIT mode even though these buttons are pressed. The safety tab may be out.
Connections might not be attached firmly. Insert the connectors firmly into position.
The tape has reached the end. Rewind the tape.
Is the INPUT SELECT switch on the video cassette recorder set correctly?
When insert editing, press the INSERT button correctly. Operations are different for a recorder equipped with a 33-pin connector than one equipped with a 20-pin connector.
When insert editing, Record the control signal on the first edit-in point.
Are the IN lamp and OUT lamp blinking alternately? (Re-enter the editing points correctly.)
When the recorder is in the STOP, FAST FORWARD (fast forward) or REW mode, PREVIEW and AUTO EDIT buttons do not function even though they are pressed.
When the player is in the F FAST FORWARD (fast forward) or REW mode, PREVIEW and AUTO EDIT buttons do not function even though they are pressed.
Is the AUTO OFF lamp of the recorder lighting? (Read the instruction manual supplied with the recorder.)
PREVIEW and AUTO EDIT modes function but the editing points are not correct. (They are different from the entered points.) After entry, has the time counter been reset to zero? Rest to zero.
After entry, has the recorder been set in the STOP mode? (If the STOP mode is activated once, the editing points will be incorrect.)
The memorized points and the actual editing points may be different slightly according to the recorder used. Make fine adjustment with the TRIM button before editing.
Picture becomes unstable on the position where the editing is performed. If the control signal breaks on the position, the picture will be unstable.
If the recording is started by the REC button, the picture will be unstable. Start recording with the AUTO EDIT or the EDIT button.
Lateral stripes appear in the picture. The guard band noise (lateral stripes) which appears on the playback picture except at normal speed is not a malfunction.
Playback picture is unstable. Does the external signal applied to the recorder contain noise? Re-select the position of the INPUT SELECT switch.
When insert editing, if the recorded control signal is not normal or contains noise, the playback picture will be unstable.
The picture recorded with the use of the PAUSE button may be unstable.
If the playback machine is in the Betascan (picture search) mode, variable speed playback mode or reverse mode, the playback picture of the recording machine may be unstable. Set the playback machine in the normal playback or STOP mode.
The picture in the Betascan (picture search) is unstable. Adjust the vertical and horizontal hold controls on the T or monitor.
RM-E50 No figure appears or no change of the time counter. The power switch of the video recorder is not turned on.
The video cassette recorder is not properly connected.
A control signal is not recorded on the tape
A mini-jack is inserted in the PAUSE OUT connector.
PREVIEW, EDIT and/or PGM EDIT button does not function. Unsecured connection.
The edit mode is not selected.
The video cassette recorder is stopped, being fast forwarded or being rewound.
No tape is in the video recorder
The GO TO function is being performed
The preview, editing or program editing is not properly performed. A control signal is not recorded on the recorder's tape for the insert editing.
A control signal is not recorded on the 15-second portion preceding the first IN point.
A tape recorded in the or mode is being used for insert editing. GCS-50 requires tapes that are recorded in .
The displayed edit point is different from the entered point. The counter number was reset by the CALIBRATE button or the COUNTER RESET button during editing.
The video cassette recorder was set in the stop mode after the edit points have been set.
The counter number varies several frames due to the preview or edit function.
The "ERROR" indicator blinks when the edit point is entered. The IN and OUT points are the same; or the OUT point has been set in front of the IN point.
The cassette safety tab has been removed to prevent erasure of the recording.
The "ERROR" indicator blinks when the PGM EDIT button is pressed. The IN or the OUT point of the player has not been entered.
The "ERROR" indicator blinks when the assemble or the insert edit mode is selected. The video cassette recorder is not connected
The video cassette recorder's power switch is not turned out.
The "ERROR" indicator and the "cassette in" indicator in the display blink when the assemble or the insert edit mode is selected. The cassette safety tab has been removed to prevent erasure of the recording.
The cassette has not been inserted.
A tape recorded in the or mode is being used for insert editing. GCS-50 requires tapes that are recorded in .
The "ERROR" indicator becomes lit during edit, preview or program edit mode. Due to a malfunction (trouble with the video cassette recorder, etc.)
The power from the player or the recorder has been cut, or the Lf connecting cable was disconnected.
The tape reached to either end and stopped.
The "ERROR" indicator and the "cassette in" indicator in the display blink when the PREVIEW, EDIT or the PGM EDIT button is pressed. The cassette safety tab has been removed to prevent erasure of the recording.
A recording cannot be made at the desired points during program edit recording, No recorder's IN point has been entered in the PGM 01.
RM-E80 EDIT mark blinks when EDIT is pressed. The CUT IN point has not been set.
The CUT IN point has been set behind the CUT OUT point.
Editing has not been carried out. After setting the editing points, you have pressed the counter reset.
The recording VCR remains in recording pause mode at CUT IN and enters recording mode at the CUT OUT point. The PAUSE MODE selector is not set correctly.
Wireless remote control operation cannot be made. Is the RECORDER indicator shown on the display window? If not, press RECORDER.
Check the command mode selector setting.
Players do not operate correctly. Connections are not correct. See chart below to verify connections.

   REFERENCE FOR CONNECTIONS:

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RM-E100V
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The ERROR indicator blinks when the player is on. Incorrect recorder connection. Check the connections and recorders.
Incorrect CTRL-L/CTRL selector setting. Check the settings.
Two VCRs are connected on the recorder's side.
The recorder and/or the player does not operate when the VIDEO OUT, tape transport or RECORDER REC button is pressed. The power of the recorder or the player is turned off.
Incorrect VTR-1/VTR-2 selector setting.
Incorrect VTR select button setting.
The recorder connected to the CAMERA REMOTE OUT jack cannot be activated with these buttons.
The player cannot be activated with the RECORDER REC button.
No cassette is loaded in the recorder.
The cassette safety tab has been removed to prevent erasure of the recording.
Recording does not begin even if the PGM EDIT button is pressed for automatic assemble editing. The tape for recording is wound to the end.
The cassette safety tab has been removed to prevent erasure of the recording.
Automatic assemble editing cannot be made correctly. The COUNTER RESET button on this unit or on the player was press during recording.
The power of the player or the recorder was turned off or the cassette was removed.
The cut-in and cut-out points are preset incorrectly. Set them so they don't overlap.
The ERROR indication was blinking during programming.
The cassette safety tab has been removed to prevent erasure of the recording.
The tape counter does not indicate the counter of the player. The LAP button has been pressed. Press the LAP button again.
Players do not operate correctly. Connections are not correct. See chart below to verify connections.

   REFERENCE FOR CONNECTIONS:
THIS SECTION PERTAINS ONLY TO MULTI-FORMAT BETA VCRS*
POWER ON/STANDBY button does not function. The mains lead in disconnected
The recorder is in the timer standby mode. Press the TIMER REC button so that the TIMER REC lamp goes off.
CLOCK AND TIMER The clock has stopped at "0:00". There has been a power interruption. Reset the clock time and timer settings.
The tape counter does not operate even when the tape moves. The tape is brand new.
It will not operate with the unrecorded portion of the tape.
The tape counter is not displayed even if the CLOCK/COUNTER button is pressed. The recorder is turned off.
The clock does not operate because the CLOCK SET button has not been pressed at the end of the clock adjustment.
The recorder is in the timer setting mode. (TIMER SET button has been pressed to set the turn-on/off time.) Turn the recorder off and then on again.
Timer settings cannot be made. The clock time has not be set.
TV RECEPTION* TV program is not clearly displayed on the TV screen. The channel for the video recorder on the TV receiver is not correctly tuned.
The channels on the recorder are not correctly preset.*
The aerial connections are not correct.
The TV signal is weak. Adjust the direction of the aerial.*
The mains lead of the recorder is disconnected.
* These troubleshooting tips apply only to analog reception, they do not apply to the current digital broadcasting standard.
RECORDING AND PLAYBACK No picture or sound on the TV screen during record or playback. The TV's channel is not set to that preset for the video recorder.
The station preset for the video recorder has not been fine-tuned.
The SYSTEM SELECT switch in the tuning compartment is not set correctly.
The cassette ejected when the record button was pressed. The safety tab on the cassette has been removed
The displayed picture on the TV screen is not clear. The channel preset for the video recorder has not been fine-tuned.*
The video heads might be contaminated. Clean the heads using the Misterßetamax cleaning cassette. For details on cleaning, refer to the instructions furnished with the Misterßetamax cleaning cassette. (Clicking on these links loads the "Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.) If the picture will not clear professional cleaning may be required or the video heads might be worn beyond their useful life expectancy and repair may be necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The cassette being played has been recorded on another video recorder. Adjust the NORMAL/FAST TRACKING control.
Check the SuperBeta switch. Set it to match the recorded tape.
Timer recordings cannot be made correctly. The clock has not been set correctly.
The turn-on day and the turn-on time have not been set correctly.
The TIMER REC button has not been pressed.
There has been a power interruption.
Two timer setting overlap.
The recorded tape does not play in the correct format. The tape was recorded in a format this video recorder is not designed to play.
OTHERS The functions buttons cannot be activated. The tape is at either end of the transport.
There has been an internal malfunction.
Cassette cannot be inserted. The recorder is turned off.
The recorder is turned is reversed.
Another cassette has already been inserted.
The cassette cannot be ejected. The reorder is turned off.
The recorder is in the record mode.
There has been an internal malfunction.
The tape stops suddenly during operation. The safety device which protects the video cassette tape and recorder has been activated. Reactivate the previous transport mode. If the tape continues to stop repair may be necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
* Multi-Format Betas can play and record several different picture standards. For instance a particular model might record and play NTSC, PAL and SECAM. They might also be able to accepte several line volatages such as 100/110 volts AC or 60/50 Hz. (Hertz). They were manufactured to accommodate the different video systems around the world. They are not capable of converting one standard into another.
THIS SECTION PERTAINS ONLY TO ACCESSORIES MADE FOR BETA
HFP-100 AND HFP-200 BETA HI-FI STEREO PROCESSORS The power is not turned on when the connected recorder is turned on. The AC power cord is unplugged.
The Betahi-fi connector is not connected.
The SYSTEM POWER switch is not set to ON.
No sound is heard, or sound is not heard through the right speaker. The SAP switch is depressed when there is no SAP broadcast.
Stereo separation is not clear or the SAP sound is not heard. The incoming signal is weak. Turn the MPX LEVEL CONTROL on the rear clockwise.*
Betahi-fi recording cannot be made. The Betahi-fi switch is not set to BETA HI-FI.
The desired program has not been recorded. The INPUT select switch of the recorder or the HFP unit is not properly set. (See the operations manual for proper settings.)
A stereo broadcast has not been recorded in stereo.* The Betahi-fi switch is not set to BETA HI-FI.
The AUTO STEREO switch is released.
The SAP switch is released.
No picture on the TV during recording or playback. The AUDIO ONLY switch is depressed.
When playing back a stereo recorded tape, the sound cannot be heard in stereo. The MONITOR STEREO button is not pressed.
When playing back a SAP recorded tape, the SAP cannot be heard. The Betahi-fi switch is not set to BETA HI-FI.
The MONITOR R button is not pressed.
Distorted or noisy sound. Recording level was not properly adjust.
Humming sound during playback. The TYPE select switch is not set properly.
The FINE TRACKING control is not adjusted properly when the TYPE select switch is set to A.
Sound drop-outs of a Betahi-fi recorded tape. The tape is defective. Use a new video cassette tape.
MLV-1100 BETA HI-FI STEREO PROCESSOR No sound. The SAP button is depressed when there is not SAP channel available.
No sound from the connected speakers or headphones. The VOLUME control is set all the way to the left. Move it to the right to increase the volume.
TV program sound cannot be heard. The LINE IN button is depressed. Release the LINE IN button.
A stere broadcast is heard in monaural when the stereo lamp is lit.* The BOTH button is depressed. Press the MAIN button.
The STEREO lamp is not lit when there is a stereo broadcast.* The AUTO STEREO switch is not set to ON. Set it to ON.
The signal is too weak. Turn the LEVEL control until the STEREO lamp is lit.
The SAP Channel is weak. The signal is weak. Switch between the MAIN and SAP buttons to compare the volume level and turn the LEVEL control until the SAP sound volume is increased to the same level as the MAIN sound.

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TUNER/TIMERS
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POWER switch does not function. The power cord is disconnected. Plug in the unit.
The unit is in the timer standby mode. Press the TIMER STANDBY button so the the TIMER STANDBY lamp goes off.
The clock has stopped at SUN AM 12:00. There has been a power interruption. Reset the clock time and timer settings.
TV program is not clearly displayed on the TV screen.* The channel for the video on the TV receiver is not correctly tuned.
The channels on the timer timer unit are not correctly preset.
The antenna CONNECTIONS ARE NOT CORRECT.
The TV signal is weak. Adjust the antenna
Picture being recorded cannot be monitored on the TV screen. Press the VTR/TV button so that the VTR lamp lights.
Select the channel for the video recorder (channel 3 or 4) on the TV.
Set the INPUT SELECT switch to:
      TUNER: when recording TV programs.
      CAMERA: when recording a signal from the CAMERA connector
                         on the recorder.
      LINE IN: when recording other video and audio sources.
Timer setting cannot be made. The clock is not set. Set the clock.
The timer cannot be set during recording. Set timer after recording has stopped.
Timer recording cannot be made. The timer setting is not correct. Correct timer settings.
The video cassette recorder is not connected firmly. Check connections.
No cassette in the recorder. Insert a cassette into the recorder.
The safety tab on the cassette bottom has been removed. Tape across the safety tab hole or use a new cassette.
The TIMER STANDBY button has not been pressed. Check settings and press the TIMER STANDBY button to store recordings.
The INPUT SELECT switch is not set to TUNER. Set switch to TUNER.
Two or more timer settings overlap. Check settings and correct.
Battery recharging cannot be done. The power of the tuner timer unit is on. Press the POWER switch so the lamp goes off.
The tuner/timer unit cannot be remotely controlled. Set the system switch at the rear of the tuner timer unit to AUTO or HEATER OFF.
The remote control unit is not pointed at the remote control detector on the tuner timer unit. Point the remote directly at the front of the tuner timer.
The remote control unit is too far away from the tuner timer unit. Move closer.
There is an obstacle between the remote control unit and the tuner timer unit. Remove any obstructions in the line of site of the tuner timer and the remote.
The batteries in the remote control are exhausted. Replace the batteries with new ones if the output indicator lamp on the remote control unit does not light when the buttons are pressed.
CASSETTE CHANGERS Changer does not operate. Is the power on to the recorder? Turn on the power on the recorder.
Is the changer installed properly? Check the installation.
Check all the connections to check if they are properly made.
Cassette does not travel correctly. Is the adapter plate installed properly? Check the manual for proper installation.
Obstruction in the travel path. Remove any objects in the way of the cassette travel path.
Dirty drive rollers. Clean the drive rollers with Isopropyl alcohol or other suitable cleaner (see owner's manual).
Cassette drive mechanism defective. Repair will be needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Ready lamp is not lit. Is power supplied? Make sure there is power to the unit.
Is a cassette inserted into the recorder? Insert cassette.
Is a function button pressed? To operate the changer press a function button.
Is (are) additional cassette(s) in the changer (hopper)? Add cassettes.
The RUN/ALM lamp blinks and no function buttons can be activated. Press the RESET button to turn off the RUN/ALM lamp and the try to operate. Perform the TRIAL PROCEDURE as outlined in the manual.
Cassette cannot be inserted. Press the POWER button on the changer.
Cassette is pushed out when you try to insert a cassette into the cassette compartment. A cassette is already inserted into the cassette compartment. Press the EJECT button to remove the cassette.
Obstruction in the travel path. Remove any objects in the way of the cassette travel path.
Dirty drive rollers. Clean the drive rollers with Isopropyl alcohol or other suitable cleaner (see manual).
Cassette drive mechanism defective. Repair will be needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Events you wanted to record by time have not been recorded. Are The cassette of the appropriate length? Do the cassette have enough tape to record what you want? Check the cassette playing time chart and check the recording speed.
A cassette at or near the end of the tape was inserted.
The safety tab on the bottom of the cassette had been removed.
A turn-off time of an event had been set to the tape end (- - : - -).
INFRARED
REMOTE CONTROLS
Pilot light does not light when buttons are pressed (some models). ON/OFF switch on remote set to OFF. Set it to ON.
Batteries in remote are exhausted. Replace the batteries with new ones.
One or buttons on remote are defective. Repair is needed or replace the remote. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
VCR does not respond when remote is pointed at it and buttons are pressed. Remote is turned off (some models). Turn on the remote.
Obstruction between remote and VCR. Remove the obstruction.
Remote is too far away (out of range) from VCR to be effective. Move the remote closer to the VCR.
Batteries in remote are exhausted. Replace the batteries with new ones.
One or buttons on remote are defective. Replace the remote.
Defective VCR infrared pickup. Repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Some functions on the remote do not respond when buttons are pressed. Batteries in remote are exhausted. Replace the batteries with new ones.
One or buttons on remote are defective. Replace the remote.
Defective VCR infrared pickup. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
WIRED REMOTE CONTROL RM-300 The remote does not operate the VCR. Remote not connected properly. Check connection.
Defective connector or remote. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The segments cannot be read. Tape is blank. Use a tape that has been recorded.
Remote not connected properly. Check connection.
Defective connector or remote. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Search function does not operate. Tape is blank. Use a tape that has been recorded.
Defective connector or remote. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Display will not clear. Defective connector or remote. Repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
One or more buttons inoperative. Defective remote. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
WIRED REMOTE CONTROL RM-500 The remote does not operate the VCR. Remote not connected properly. Check connection.
Defective connector or remote. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Record function does not operate. Record protection hole is open. Cover it with tape or use a new cassette.
Remote not connected properly. Check connection.
Defective connector or remote. Repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Dub function does not operate. Record protection hole is open. Cover it with tape or use a new cassette.
Remote not connected properly. Check connection.
Defective connector or remote. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
One or more buttons inoperative. Defective remote. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
WIRED REMOTE CONTROL RX-303 The remote does not operate the VCR. Remote not connected properly. Check connection.
Defective connector or remote. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The segments cannot be read. Remote not connected properly. Check connection.
Defective connector or remote. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Search function does not operate. Tape is blank. Use a tape that has been recorded.
Defective connector or remote. Repair is required. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Display will not clear. Defective connector or remote. Repair is needed. (Clicking on these links loads special pages in the main browser.)
One or more buttons inoperative. Defective remote. Repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
WIRED REMOTE CONTROL RX-353 The unit does not function even though power is supplied. Set the PROGRAMMED OPERATION and TIMER switched on the recorder to OFF.
If the SLO-323 or SLP-303 is used, set its REMOTE switch to "300".
The segment data recorded on the tapes cannot be read. Connect the mini plug to the LINE OUT CH-1 (audio channel 1 output) jack.
The tape may be damaged, use a new tape.
Check that the data has been recorded at between 0 and 3 on the recording level meter.
Check that the video signal is recorded from the beginning of the tape if the Betamax recorder is used.
The segment data cannot be recorded. Connect Connect the mini plug to the LINE IN CH-1 (audio channel 1 output) jack.
Set the PROGRAMMED OPERATION and TIMER switches on the recorder to OFF.
Set the INPUT SELECT switch on the recorder to LINE.
Set the INSERT MODE SELECT CH-1 switch to ON.
Check the safety tab on the video cassette is in place. If not cover it with tape or used a new video cassette.
REW, STOP, PLAY, F FWD, PAUSE, SEARCH and ENTER R buttons do not function. The recorder is in the record mode. During recording or dubbing audio, these keys do not function.
These keys do not function in the search mode (rewind or fast forward) of the segment search or repeat search operations.
These keys do not function when the FUNC and T RUN 2 keys are pressed during timer operation. Press the FUNC and T RUN 2 keys.
Set the TIMER switch on the reorder to OFF.
The indicators are dark and the unit does not function correctly. Connect the recorder to the power line.
Defective connector or remote. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The indicators blink. Press the CLEAR key, then press the correct buttons again.
Check that the beginning and end of the segment selected have been memorized.
Check that the number of this segment isn't higher than 63. Segments numbers can only be from 01 to 63.
Check that figures over 60 have not been pressed for the beginning or end of a segment, or in the address search operation. The unit can memorize figures from 00 to 59 only, because the counter uses the clock time system.
The FUNC key does not operate. Set the FUNCTION switch to ON.
One or more buttons inoperative. Defective remote. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
For any problem not specified it the above. Press the FUNC and END R keys.
Set the PROGRAMMED OPERATION and TIMER switches on the recorder to OFF.
If the SLO-323 or SLP-303 is used, set its REMOTE switch to 300.
Turn the power of the recorder on and off.
If the power of the recorder is turned off, memory of the unit is erased.
PCM DIGITAL STEREO AUDIO PROCESSOR No power. 12 DC volt power supply not plugged in. Plug the power cord from the AC power adapter to the 12 DC volts in on the unit.
Battery exhausted. Check battery using BATT CHECK button, if low charge battery.
Battery defective. Replace battery.
Power ON/OFF switch failure. Repair is necessary. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Power supply failure. Repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
Hum or noise in the audio. Cable connectors are not inserted fully into the jacks. Check for loose connections and correct.
Cables are located too close to power cords, speaker cables or they may be too long. Keep connecting cables as short as possible and route them away from other cables as much as possible. Avoid power cords, speaker wires and antenna cables.
PCM switch not in correct position on VCR. Set PCM switch on VCR to PCM on.
Video cassette is bad. Use a new video cassette.
Speaker sound location is reversed. Audio connections are reversed. Check connections and plug RIGHT IN channel using the red plug and LEFT IN channel using the white.
No sound or only sound from one output. Check connections. Yellow plug connected to the RIGHT or LEFT IN channel. Connect yellow plugs to VIDEO IN and VIDEO OUT as marked on connecting adapter.
VCS-100 SWITCHER No power.

Battery exhausted. Use a fully charged battery.
No power supplied to unit. Connect external AC adapters ACP-220 or AC-220 or car battery cord DCC-2400A.

No video. Only one camera connected to SUB connector. Connect camera to MAIN connector.
Video output selector is set to SUB when camera connecter to MAIN. Set it to MAIN.
REC OUT 1 and REC OUT 2 are being used at the same time. In some situations when using both REC OUT connectors the recorder may not operate correctly.
Noise at editing points. µTP switch is set to off. When using two cameras set the µTP switch to on.
Audio levels not equal. Difference in camera microphones. Sound sensitivity can vary from one camera to another. Use external microphones and sound direction to adjust level.
FP-60 BETAMAX PROJECTOR Poor or no picture. Color adjustment is not correct. Adjust color.
The room where the set is located is too bright. Darken location.
Focusing is not correct. Correct focus.
The video output jack of the equipment being used is not connected to the VIDEO IN jack of the set. Connect input source to the VIDEO IN jack.
No sound. The VOLUME is turn down. Increase the volume
The SPEAKER switch is set to OFF. Turn SPEAKER switch ON.
The audio output jack of the equipment being used is not connected to the AUDIO IN jack of the set. Connect input source to the AUDIO IN jack.
Snow and noise in picture. The input selector is not set to the proper position. Select the proper input.
The NORMAL/CATV selector is not set to the proper position. Set NORMAL/CATV to correct position.
An antenna is connected loosely or not connected.* Connect antenna firmly.
Dotted lines or stripes appear when the TV is viewed.* Local interference (such as neon signs, hair dryers, motors, etc.). Adjust antenna for minimum interference.*
* This troubleshooting tip applies only to analog reception, it does not apply to the current digital broadcasting standard.
Double images or ghost images appear when the TV is viewed.* Reflections from nearby mountains or buildings. Use a highly directional antenna or CATV cable to improve picture.*
* This troubleshooting tip applies only to analog reception, it does not apply to the current digital broadcasting standard.
No functions with power turned on. Moisture has condensed inside the unit with the HEATER switch set to ON. Allow moisture to evaporate before operating unit.
Check if the symbol in display is blinking to indicate moisture condensation. Allow unit to come to room temperature before using.
No recording. The safety tab on the cassette has been removed. Use a new cassette or one where the tab has not been removed.
Streaks or snow during playback. If the cassette being played has been used for an extended period of time, the video heads might have become contaminated. Clean the video heads with a MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. For details about cleaning refer to the instructions furnished with the MisterBetamax cleaning cassette. (Clicking on these links loads the "Cleaning Cassette" page in the main browser.) If the picture will not clear professional cleaning may be required or the video heads might be worn beyond their useful life expectancy and repair is needed. (Clicking on this link loads the "Repairing Your Beta" form in the main browser.)
The function buttons cannot be activated. The tape is at the end. Rewind cassette or use a new cassette.
Check if the symbol in display is blinking to indicate moisture condensation. Allow unit to come to room temperature before using.
The safety device might be activated in the recorder section. Turn power off and on again, then press the tape function keys again.
* These troubleshooting tips apply only to analog reception, they do not apply to the current digital broadcasting standard.