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VCR playback has a large black square on the bottom of the screen

My Sharp VCR had been working well. However, yesterday we tried to play several tapes and in every case there was a large black rectangle in the center of the bottom of the screen, measuring about 10" wide and 4" high. When I fast forward, the box disappears.

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Re: VCR playback has a large black square on the bottom of the screen - Sharp VC-A410U VCR VCRs

Check the guid post alignment.

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If this doesn't work, use a video head cleaner. This consists of a video cassette and fluid. Follow the instructions with the cleaner.

If this still doesn't help, and you are confident in opening up the VR550, you could cleaner the heads manually.

Disconnect from the mains.

Remove the screws from the back and sides of the VCR.
Gently ease the lid off the machine.
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Take a small piece of clean white paper about 1.5 inches square. (Copier paper)
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Reconnect the player and try a tape. If the problem is still there, try cleaning again.

If none of this works, insert a tape NOT recorded on this machine (Mis-alligned rollers affect recording as well as playback) and play. Locate the rollers which guide the tape around the mechanism. Particulary either side of the head drum.

The rollers have adjustments on the top, which can be turned to move the guide up and down slightly. This is a fiddly job, and over adjustment could cause the tape edge to be damaged.
Adjust the rollers to get a clear picture. It is mainly trial and error.

If all fails then the video is probably destined for the skip.

If you need a replacement, , will sell you a VR550 at a very good price.

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Remove the lid.

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Tear of a clean piece of A4 paper about 1inch square.

Hold between thumb and first finger and rub the centre of the paper against each sensor in turn. Make sure the edge of the paper does not catch the sensor.

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