Unfortunately, the issues you are experiencing are symptomatic of an internal hardware defect, specifically a faulty video board, though there are many possible failure points. This issue could be a manufacturing defect, but is also often caused by a power event (shock/surge, prolonged over/under voltage condition, etc).
This could also be the result of age related wear and tear; as a 2008 model , that type of failure wouldn’t be surprising, as this unit is significantly past its service life at this point.
There is one step you can take here, both as a possible fix, as well as a diagnostic evaluation:
1) Unplug the power cord from the outlet
2) Wait at least 1 hour (60+ Minutes)
3) Press and hold the power button (on the set, not the remote) for 60 seconds
4) Keep holding power button while plugging back in, and for another 60 seconds after. When plugging back in, go directly to the wall outlet, bypassing any power strips or surge protectors.
If this reset process does not work, it would unfortunately confirm an internal hardware failure.
This is something that would require repairs to correct; however repairs are simply not feasible for these units. Parts are not readily available and labor alone is more than the system is worth.
For a unit of this age, replacement will make more sense. You can get a brand recorder with a fresh warranty for less than repairs. VCR technology is now obsolete and hasn't been made for many years, and even dvd recorders are hard to find anymore but still possible, most units will be hard drive + dvdr based, and I can certainly recommend some if I may know a bit more about your intended use.
Depending how you’d like to proceed here, I can help with finding parts, finding a repair shop, or recommending replacement options. Just let me know.
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