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Cannot watch anything

When I try to use my camera, it does not work. I will record something, go to the VCR mode, try to watch it, but nothing shows. Unlike everyone else here, I do not see a black screen. All the screens are fine and look the way they are supposed to. The problem is all the old videos I have I cannot watch, as if I never recorded anything. This has happened on multiple tapes. I just press play on the LCD but nothing happens. I was reading around, and saw somthing about a switch block. If this might be the solution, then please explain what it is to me. Thank you.

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Just head cleaning cassette and play ones

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