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Hi8 Playback Problem

My DCR-TRV350 Handycam displays only a blue screen when I try to play a tape. I've tried various tapes, including new ones, but I haven't had any luck. It displays the symbol that indicates the tape is playing, and a small icon that switches back and forth between Hi8 SP and Hi8 LP, but no actual audio or video. Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks.

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  • welka01 Mar 30, 2009

    Has anyone found a solution to this problem.

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Clean the tape heads and see if that makes a difference.  If that doesn't work, it could be the tape motor is going out.  Thats typical behavior when that happens.

Posted on Oct 07, 2008

  • rharris111
    rharris111 Feb 19, 2012

    Is there a tape cleaner for this? Mine is having the same problem.

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