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Canon MVX20i Whan playing back, all I get is a blue screen and the counter doesn't tick over. I know there is content on the tape, but nothing comes up. I have tried the same through firewire and the same problem comes up. Had the same problem 3 months ago, the repair shop said it was dirty heads. I would rather fix the problem myself this time. Please help John

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I would agree from the description of your problem that you probably have dirty heads. Do you have sound? If so the video drum is clogged. Do you use the same tapes over and over? If you do that is your problem. The tapes are bent very tightly around the tape guides etc and over time the oxide loosens and allows a buildup on the heads. If the tapes are used continuously it happens faster as time goes on. You should only use a tape for several passes and get a new one. They were not meant to record over and over as is done. I could explain the proper technique for head cleaning but if you go to this website the process is outlined in an easy to understand manner and it has pictures. Follow the procedure and get some new tapes. Good luck.

Posted on Jul 24, 2006

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