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Re: no picture on vhs tapes
Is the picturejust snow or no picture at all? Most cleaning tapes won't work if the heads have been clogged up because of a bad tape. A professional cleaning and alignment may be in order here. Can you clarify the lack of picture please?
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The main cause of this is a dirty video head. You can get a head cleaning tape that will clean the head. Or you can do it manually. But you have to take off the top cover and spray the video head with Servisol Video 40. Allow it to dry and test the machine. If it doesn't do it the first time or the picture is breaking up, clean again.
Likely a damaged video tape got in the unit and blocked the video heads--once blocked no picture but sound will be the case---the heads can be manually cleaned if you know how---The real issue will be to locate which tape was in the unit when this happened--clear the heads and put it back and right back to no image......
Cleaning tapes are only slightly effective--most shops (if you can find one who even works on this gear) will not charge much to clean the heads.
On some of the DVD/VCR combo units, the VCR output is only available through the RF jack (channel 3), standard video
(yellow) RCA jack and S-VIDEO jack. If you are using the Component
jacks, the DVD side will work but the VCR will not. This is because
the quality of video recorded on VHS tapes is so much lower than
component quality video. Thank you for rating this solution.
If the DVD works with a picture and sound then it is not a hook up problem.. Its the VCR tape heads need cleaning so follow the insert im attaching here.
CLEANING THE VIDEO HEADS - in the event of a head clog, the first thing professionals try to accomplish on a cleaning job is to restore the picture. Cleaning the video heads is the most critical part of the process. Use extreme caution. Never use cotton swabs. Cotton tends to grab, get caught or leave fibers in the heads. It can also break them. Using chamois sticks is by far the safest method.
Soak a chamois stick with head cleaning fluid and place it directly on a video head with light pressure. For beginners, the safest method involves holding the chamois stick stationary in one hand and rotating the drum clockwise with the other. You want all scrubbing action to be in a horizontal direction. Never use any vertical motion; it's very risky for head tip breakage. When finished, allow a minute or two for the heads to dry and your ready to try it out.
Pop in a tape and press PLAY. Confirm the picture is now clear. If not, you might want to repeat the above process once again. Ninety eight percent of the time, cleaning the video heads solves this symptom. Most of the remaining two percent is caused by a defective video head somewhere on the upper drum. Hope this helps
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