Sure does sound like it. No, It's gone - this issue, the consistent "abend upon exit" problem, and the abysmal online support prompted the refund. I thought I'd ask, though, since the thread was open and it just might relate to the earlier version.
The VHS tape in question is a copy of a 1932 b/w Errol Flynn movie "Dawn Patrol", and is in good condition. In general, b/w copying is inconsistent - for example, the beginning & end of Wizard Of Oz are b/w and didn't stop me from recording the whole tape.