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Plays back with grey stipes or nothing at all

Plays back sometimes with grey stripes on the screen. We've hardly used this camera. Bought it for a trip. 2 years ago. please help. Every tape is doing this when we know there is video recorded. Could it be erasing my video? I'm afraid to keep messing with it.

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Camera has problem of dirty video heads.
Please use good quality video head cleaning cassette.

Posted on Oct 08, 2008

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