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Here is a old tip your vcr has a snowy picture and has audio.problem is dirty heads if you don't want to take it apart put a movie in and press play then rewind search and let it go. you will see the pic. come back in revese the tape is cleaning the video heads

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My TV/VCR combo is not showing the picture of my movie in the vcr. The picture is snowy, but there is audio of the movie. Do you know what the problem is?


try changing the channel from 3 to 4 or vice versa. You will usually get sound but no picture if its on the wrong channel

Dec 03, 2010 | Orion Televison & Video

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when I record a movie on the vcr it plays back snowy.


Ur VCR signal recorded free air throught an DTV converter box?Yes,this cause is normal,because VCR player have no digital tuner on the VCR player by itself,on it circuitries design.If recorded throught pay cable signal.Yes,than ur VCR video head player is dirty needed to be clean.Tries websites like Amazon.com,Ebay.com to buy a VCR video head cleaner vdeo tape.Just play it as normal as a video tape,when the video head clean,VCR will display clean head eject tape now.

Aug 03, 2010 | Philips Magnavox MWR20V6 DVD Recorder/VCR

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I have certain movies for my grandchildren. There


I assume the picture after viewing your "certain movie" you have a snowy type of picture with sound? This is because your "certain movie" will have a bad section or worn section of tape & is making the heads dirty. Is there a part of the "certain movie" that gives wavy lines or the picture breaks up? If a tape is constantly used it causes the oxide coating of the tape to flake & dirty your heads. You could try a head cleaning tape although these sometimes do not do a thorough clean.

Jul 01, 2009 | Philips Televison & Video

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snowy picture, are heads dirty if so will head cleaner work, could there be another problem other than dirty heads?


if it is your heads, a head cleaner tape slowly grinds down your heads. Abrasion bad. Take to shop and have them clean heads with solvent and soft cloth or Q-tips. Might not be your heads, much electronics, but sounds like might be.

May 07, 2009 | Video Cameras

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VCR acting strange with audio and playing


It sounds like the audio control head is at fault.
If all prerecorded tapes (movies) play with audio level jumping up and down, is is likely that the audio head is dirty. The audio head in the VCR looks very similar to a head of an old audio cassette player.
First, try to clean the audio head by running a VHS head cleanning tape. The cleanning tape will usually clean the path of all tape mechanisms..

Good Luck

Feb 25, 2008 | Panasonic PV-V4523S VHS VCR

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