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Gray bars on screen during video playback


When I playback recorded video, the pictures pays, but there are 4 or 5 gray horizontal bars covering portions of the screen.

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My advice is that you should by a cleaning cassette. Put this in the camera and run it for 10 to 20 seconds only. running the cleaning cassette for a long time may damage the head.
good luck!
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Posted on Sep 22, 2009

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