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You can buy a head cleaning tape but i use cotton buds dipped in methylated spirits to clean mine, of course you need to take the case apart to reach them but i find this method more effective. Remember to disconnect the video from the electrical supply first.

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If the picture is only "snow" then the problem is the head(s) on the spinning drum have become clogged with video tape emulsion which greatly affects the spinning video head(s) reducing the video level down to only noise. This usually will happen instantly and is caused by the particular tape you were watching. The head(s) can be cleaned with a lint free cotton cloth and some alcohol by wetting a portion of the cloth with the alcohol (not to much) and with your finger hold the cloth with slight pressure against the horizontal slightly slanted slot which is on the outside surface of the drum about half way down. While applying the slight pressure spin the top of the drum around counter clockwise. do this for about 15 seconds. then when you are sure the alcohol as evaporated from the drum turn it on and try to play a tape (not the one you were watching when the problem occurred) and if the picture is still just snow repeat the procedure but this time use a little more force on the cloth. Or find and use a special VHS head cleaning tape. The cleaning tape will reduce the life of the heads because it is abrasive in nature.

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The lines usually mean a signal loss or the unit is significantly out of alignment. This unit needs to be aligned with an alignment tape for starts. Also, the heads may be slightly clogged which will require a cleaning by a professional. Cleaning tapes will not completely clean the heads. It is possible that the head/drum motor is not locked to the correct speed as well although that usually causes a loss of color.

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if you don't know what u are doing u shouldn't mess with video head. U can easily damage the head. If cleaning tape does not work have tech do it. Should be relatively cheap.

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Unfortunately this is not always successful for severely clogged heads. It may be necessary to remove the cover and clean the heads with a chamois cleaning swab moistened with head cleaner. Hold the swab flat against the round drum that holds the heads and move the drum back and forth while holding the swab steady. Repeat this for each of the heads. The heads are fragile and can be damaged by incorrect cleaning, so you might want to see what a shop in your area charges. (The shop I worked in used to charge $20, but that was several years ago.)

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Does a prerecorded tape ( not a self recorded from that machine play ok?

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If sound is weak and warbles, worse on SLP than SP, a weak VCR power supply.

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THe video heads are clogged. The cleaning tapes are useless. This unit needs to be cleaned by a professional. You need direct access to the heads which means that the set must be dis-assembled. There is high voltage inside the set even when off and unplugged. Figure on $50 or so for a cleaning.

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