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Tracking problem It seems like the tracking is stuck ,the picture goes from perfect to scrambled completly out and then back to perfect again in 10 to 15 second cycles . hope someone can help Thanks John

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Re: tracking problem

Suggestions: 1. Do a "reset" by unplugging VCR for 30 seconds or so. Doubtful to fix- but worth a try. 2. Pull the top cover, load a tape and play. Does the tape seem to wander up and down across the video or control heads? If so, this is a mechanical problem- perhaps a tape guide is broken. 3. Electronic problem: If this is the case, probably trash the unit unless unit is a high dollar ($250 or up). VCRs (like most other consumer electronics) are throw away items these days.

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