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Lines in tape playback

I get lines and squares in the tape playback

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  • mom2brk Jul 24, 2008

    How do you go about adjusting the tape track?

  • mom2brk Jul 24, 2008

    I'm having the same problem, how do you go about adjusting the tape tracking? I've cleaned the heads several times.

  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    My lines are thick and gray and are not fuzzy - very crisp/straight and deliberate, and the tape goes fast & then slow, skips over parts.
    This started after I took a previous tape out without stopping it first (I was quickly flipping through tapes to see what was on each one & was a little hasty in switching it out).

  • tiav Dec 28, 2008

    I have the same straight no fuzzy lines.  I will try cleaning it since I know that has not been done yet.  Thanks!

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    there are grey bars on playback screen

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Someone here recommended taping with the lense cap on in a quiet room for 5-10 minutes. When I played it back, no more skipping or gray lines. This worked for me!!!!

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Hi there

Ok here Goes this is what i did and according to sony this does work

Turn the Cam Off

Take battery out

Turn camera to on for at least a minute

Turn camera to off for at least a minute

Place Battery back in

There we go

My Problem

5 grey lines across the playback screen

now no lines

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I was gonna say the exact same thing, video that looks like its got fuzzy lines and "squares" means the heads dirty. I bought a head cleaning tape and never had a problem since

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Get a good tape head cleaner and clean the heads several times. If that doesn't do it, it'll need a tape track adjustment.

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Would a different head cleaner work? I previously used a panasonic. I tried it 4 or 5 times and it still is doing the same thing.

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SOURCE: Horizontal grey lines on tape playback

please state the age of your devices. It can help a great lot in solving your problems. The lines that you get aren't continuous, are they? They appear to be going up and down, are different sizes and shift as the tape plays, yes? well, this is simple. You need to clean your recording head.

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