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Help after 5 years of never cleaning the heads and not having a problem. The screen is finally pixellating in straight lines across the LCD screen. I bought a head cleaner and ran it three times, but it didn't help.. what should I do?

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Often if you are having the problem you describe you need a full cleaning. Often tape head cleaners are not able to clean a clogged head.
I would take it in to a shop for cleaning.

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