The VCR was working fine until we tried to play a used tape. I have used a tape cleaner many times over. I finally opened it up and cleaned the heads manually and used pressured air. It still doesn't work. I can hear the sound clearly, but the picture is just snow.
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Re: Sound but no picture
First you will need to take a tooth pic and lightly clean the creases in the head , then use a cotton tip with cleaning fluid on it and wipe the head down , then if it gets to where you can see it again you may also have to adjust the tape pull pins for the tracking
if those don't work then the head is bad or there is a bad component
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The only real cure will be to clean the video head. If that doesn't work then I'm afraid that whatever recorded you EP mode tape was not set up well tracking wise. So other machines struggle to track the tape. Some VCR's will only playback SP or LP tapes and don't have EP mode. In which case you should check to see if these VCR's can play the EP tape and if they can't find one that can.
yes, this is what happens to analog tape...it gets corroded because it was not stored in a cool spot...your vcr heads are cleaned that is why u still hear the audio...(video will go first all the time)...but if you play it all the way through once a twice (see if you can save it ...dvd)
The vcr is fine.
buy a cleaning tape. people say dry cleaner tapes wear out the heads, but it fixed my problem when my vcr only showed snow. but try a wet tape first. follow the instructions that came with the tape and run it a few times.
Picture roll is caused by the frame rate being out of sync with the play back device. If the tape was recorded at say 25 f/m and is being played back at 26f/m. If you can, adjust the frame rate until the picture stands still.
I’ve never had much luck with tape cleaners. I found that you can use acetone. You can buy it in any hardware or k-mart,walmart. Open the VCR up and find the big chrome cylinder that spins. It has the heads on it. There little windows on the cylinder. Clean them with the acetone. Use just enough acetone to wet the foam and rub the heads lightly. There is sometimes 2 to 4 heads on the cylinder. Let dry for about 5 to 10 min’s then play a tape. If still not a good picture, clean again. Sometimes if takes more than one cleaning. Hope this is helpful.
I have found that just cleaning the head with the tape cleaner (the wet one works best) I have to clean it at least 4 or 5 times in a row sometimes before the picture will come back on. I bet that'll work for you.
This type of problem may be caused by a dirty video head, people some time try to adjust tracking to take care of this problem this is a mistake. Now to clear up this issue first you put the tracking control mid way in its setting, then you clean the heads of the VCR you can use a head cleaning tape (follow the instructions on the cleaning tape box)for this or if you have experience you use a chamois swab type cleaner (follow the instructions on the package of swabs and liquid cleaner). one the heads are cleaned you acn then try to adjust track to obtain the best picture. If you can not you may have video head problems or a problem in the drum motor (servo) mechanism. In which case I advise taking the unit to a TV repair shop.
I had the same problem recently with a Panasonic PV - V4521 which has worked for years for me. I tried everything including cleaning the heads with Q-Tips and pure alcohol. Nothing improved. I tried tape head cleaners. Nothing. So finally one day, as I was unscrewing the cables, this VCR fell down onto the bottom of my foot and drew blood. Now remember, I had been trying to fix this thing for at least 10 days.
So, I dragged it up and pounded the top of the VCR until the top caved in. Then, I opened my front door and tossed it so hard against the floor of my patio that pieces went flying everywhere. I gathered up the pieces and the twisted VCR, put it in a box, and tosses it real hard into the dumpster. It's fixed. I have no more problem with it.