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VCR picture won't work

I have audio but no video when I play a tape that has been taped. I have used a head cleaner, but it didn't help.

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I have found that just cleaning the head with the tape cleaner (the wet one works best) I have to clean it at least 4 or 5 times in a row sometimes before the picture will come back on. I bet that'll work for you.

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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