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Snowy picture on VCR with only certain channels

I try to record a certain channel and it will not record without a snowy picture, yet when you watch the channel live it is clear. This would be channel 41, which is well within the ability of the VCR. If you set the VCR up to record back to back on 2 different channels I.E. channel 6 then channel 41 the first will be clear but the 2nd (41) will be all snowy with the picture barely visible. Or set up channel 41 by itself it will be snowy. What is going on?

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The problem is definitely in the VCR because you ruled out a cable fault with the clear picture on the TV. If you know how to solder and aren't afraid to get your hands dirty, open it up and find the part number on the tuner then go over to a place like MCM or MAT Electronics and find a replacement. It'll probably run about $30.

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In all likelyhood, you have a bad ground somewhere in the cable. Try other channels through the VCR. If the ground is the problem, there will be a cluster of channels that are snowy with the rest being clear. Check the cable itself and all of the connectors along it.

If the cable and connectors are good, the tuner or power supply of the VCR could be faulty and cause this as well.

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