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Recording problem on VCR

Daily I have to record on the VCR for security reasons. I am recording things outside with a Swann Nighthawk system. I have the tape set to SLP for 9hrs of recording, but after 3hrs the whole VCR shuts down. When replaying the video it comes to a point where it says on the screen - Unreadable Signal - and I am assuming this is when the system shuts down. After the Unreadable Signal message the tape shows stuff that I have previously recorded. What could be making the system shut down?

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Try cleaning the heads in the vcr. also use a new tape at least once a week.

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