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Richard Warner
Monday 27th December 2021
5:11 pm U.K.

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Please can you help... I have a Philips VR 2340 which is the same as the VR 2334 'video 2000' system video recorder which

I use in the UK.

Over Christmas had problems ... While playing or recording the machine would

switch off and back on clicking after about 10 seconds to continue playing or recording.

The main cause is the following...

I've checked the main access point where the electric cable is plugged into on the machine... It looks like this part is damaged and been on its way out for some time and expanded becoming

damaged. *

*Can you suggest a replacement which I can solder on to replace the damaged

one. **

Does any one have parts stripped out of an old VCR, The circuit board that I require is about the size of a 'thick finger' the main electric lead plugs into then two brown wires solder onto main transformer.... This circuit board capacitor is what I require.

I do have pictures of the item required

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Peter W
Monday 25th October 2021
5:22 pm U.K.

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I have a Phillips V2000 video recorder bought in 1982 which needed repairs in 1986 and has been stored in its original packaging ever since. Deciding to have a clear out over the weekend I almost took it down to my local recycling centre but had second thoughts. If anyone would like it free of charge they are welcome to come and collect. You never know one of you boffins might be able to get it working again or use it as a donor unit. I live in the South Croydon area, Coulsdon

Saturday 25th April 2020
3:44 pm U.K.

Hi JohnH,

I'm working on a total of 4 of these machines at the moment which I've had in storage for 10 years or so. One thing i have found with one of them is the magnetic material on the capstan flywheel had become unstuck and had swelled slightly too. This was causing the flywheel to foul the board slightly giving a similar issue to you. On mine I had to re-glue it and then file it down slightly and it now works perfectly although the head rotary transformer also had a similar issue where some slight over-spill of glue was causing the head disk assembly to slightly foul it. Again I very carefull removed the glue and it's now working well.

Hope this helps but if I find anything else as I work on these, I will let you know.

Another thing I have also just thought of - have you swapped out all of the capacitors in the power supply? Makes a huge difference...

Tuesday 4th February 2020
9:54 am U.K.

I have a Grundig 2x4 Plus which has a servo fault that I've been trying to fix for the last 30 odd years! Playback of recordings done before the fault appeared are OK, so obviously the servos in playback are OK, as are the heads and motors.

Now, when a recording is done, it plays back with severe tracking errors every few seconds. (If it was VHS, I'd say it was control pulses not being recorded, but obviously there's no such thing with V2000).

My conclusion is the capstan servo is the problem, because if I put the machine in pause when the picture is clear, it stays clear - so the head servo must be OK.

All the waveforms are there, although I cannot adjust the APB preset to centre the reference pulse on the ramp, it wants to stay up one end. If I try to change it, it loses lock. So phase problem?

I think the DTF is working, since there's the waveform being fed into one actuator during record, although the fixed voltage fed into the other actuator is about half what the manual says - not sure if that's important or not.

I realise there's hardly any Grundig 2x4 machines in use, let alone anyone that is familiar with them, but here's hoping someone might be able to help.

I'd really like another machine to swap modules from, but here in Australia, I can't see that happening.

Wednesday 29th January 2020
4:52 pm U.K.

If this is the unit for sale on Ebay then you'll have to check all solder joints on the psu board. Make sure the back up battery is changed if it won't hold charge as a defective battery can cause all sorts of problems with these vcrs. Also check the condition of the pinch roller before you attempt to play any tapes. The unit can be put into play without a tapes present.



Mark Thomas
Wednesday 29th January 2020
11:27 am U.K.

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VR2220 & VR2120 error code 1696

Hi can anyone help with the error code for the combo unit VR2220 & VR2120 error code 1696

Thanks In Advance Mark

Sunday 29th December 2019
4:54 pm U.K.

Hi Marco.

Just a suggestion = Research the magnetic tape that can be purchased on ebay.

It comes in all sizes and thicknesses.

I used it for flexible car signs it can be cut with a craft knife and seems the same as you need.

The magnet may be stronger so may cause overload and other problems so do the research.

Sunday 29th December 2019
9:57 am U.K.

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Hi Tom!

Thank you so much! Unfortunately the magnet is incomplete...two large pieces and the rest is just crumbles, it's impossible to stick them together!

Happy new year!


Saturday 28th December 2019
12:49 pm U.K.

Hi Marco

If your problem is not solved and magnet is complete Run super glue into all cracks on magnet. When dry replace capstan plate turn a few times by hand remove plate high spots will show .Scrape down with sharp blade replace plate turn by hand and repeat until it turns freely. Can take along time but works for me.

Friday 13th December 2019
10:13 pm U.K.

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Hi everybody!

I'm having some trouble with a Grundig 2280,

The magnetic plate underneath the capstan wheel is cooked and got thicker and flaky. Now it touches the sensor below, making the capsan unable to turn. If i completely remove the magnet, there is obviously no control of capstan speed and it runs at its max speed. Is there a way to fit a new magnetic ring, or shall I look for a whole capstan? (Where?)



Sunday 5th May 2019
12:32 pm U.K.

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Hi Dave,

Suggest you first look at Colin's video on this machine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWjLNalBU2c&t=234s ). He is pretty much spot on with the issues on this.

As a general rule the Gold-coloured capacitors in the power supply board need replacing (with modern equivalents) and if you're lucky this will bring the thing back to life. If you don't hear a "click" from the power supply solenoids when you take the machine out of standby then the clear-plastic solenoids are likely corroded or gunky. A spray of servisol sometimes fixes this one.

As Colin's video shows - sometimes - it's a fault on the front (keys) panel that is the cause, but I have found this to be quite rare.

Hope this helps


Dave Ives
Monday 29th April 2019
12:46 am U.K.

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I have a Grundig 2 x 4 Super video 2000 with a faulty power board. Does anyone know where i can get hold of either a working power board, a service manual for this machine, or perhaps just a circuit diagram of the power board?


Wednesday 10th October 2018
7:17 pm U.K.

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Has anyone got a new or very good condition video head for a Philips VR2022 they'd like to sell please?



Sunday 30th September 2018
1:48 pm U.K.

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Problem solved on my vr2022. It was broken solder joints on the rectifier on the main power board.

Also, has anyone got an unused or a very good condition pinch roller for the vr2022 for sale please?

Thanks again


Tuesday 25th September 2018
9:13 am U.K.

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Hi all.

I have a problem with my Philips vr2022 whereby the solenoid between the supply and take up reels keeps clicking very fast when I press the tape transport functions. Even when I press power it clicks. It doesn't click when I power on if the cassette lid is in the open position.

I've changed the battery and taken out that usual capacitor that goes up in smoke on the small power cable PCB (because it did actually blow).

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks again

Sunday 16th September 2018
4:01 pm U.K.

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Have you double checked that all of the plug in connectors are seated correctly?

steven tutty
Sunday 16th September 2018
4:37 am U.K.

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I can't figure out what is up with my Grundig 2280! It keeps spinning take up reel. Sometimes starts clicking, loosing led display, etc. Weird. Anyone familiar with this issue on this model?

Steven Tutty
Monday 3rd September 2018
1:28 pm U.K.

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Hi! I have a Grundig 2280 that enters fast forward as soon as I insert a cassette. It will not stop when buttons pressed. Any ideas why anyone.

Steven Tutty
Sunday 26th August 2018
12:18 am U.K.

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Hi! I have a Grundig 2280 I picked up from a friend that wasn't accepting tapes. Turned out to be a foreign object in the machine and a C-clip came off one of the tape threading arms. I fixed these but there is no sign of power on the machine. Checked the fuse in the mains. It was still good. Is there another fuse for the mains? I hope to get this deck up and running.

Wednesday 15th August 2018
10:38 am U.K.

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Hi Rob

I've managed to get rid of most of the white lines after adjusting the DOC but now I've got some ghosting on the picture.

I guess I'll have to change the caps. D'oh!


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