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8mm vcr no color on playback

You suggested cleaning heads - i did and still no color onplayback

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  • mzdenice Sep 03, 2008

    yes, have tried through several different tv sets using a/v cables and the regular cable (like the kind used for cable/directv) not sure what it is called

    again have cleaned the heads - used to work but now all i get is black/white on pb - no color

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    Are you playing this back through a tv set?

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It could need a head adjustment. the video head may need to adjusted to put the color back in.

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