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VCR not working for some cassettes

I am not able to play my VCR with some cassettes. It works with some though. It was working fine till a week back. I doubt my kid (unintentionally) changed either the play mode (to SP) or System (to NTSC). How to change these to automatic. Thanks in advance Chandra

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  • Chandra Pedapati May 16, 2007

    Thanks for trying to help me out. By "Not playing", I mean the screen flickers (picture comes on and off). No audio. I noticed this with all the indian cassettes. I am in USA and using a VCR that supports dual system. Also my TV supports too. They were working fine till a week ago. I tried all options to change the system to Auto both in my TV and VCR. I have not find such option.

  • Chandra Pedapati May 24, 2007

    Yes, I cleaned head multiple times. I have also cleaned it with a soft cloth by opening the case). Main thing I am suspecting is that my kids might have changed the system to play NTSC (from auto select). Trying to figure out how to set it back to Auto on both my TV (Toshiba) and VCR.

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The vcr will adjust speed automatically on playing a cassete, a dirty head or worn head may not play properly on cassetes recorded on SP mode but play properly on cassetes recorded on LP or EP. NTSC or PAL cassete may play properly on conditioned player with only the absence of color if not matched. how long have u use ur vcr, the head may be worned now. try cleaning it.

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What do you mean by "not able to play my VCR with some cassettes. " Is it that some tapes do not display images? No Video? From your name it seems that you are from India, Assuming that to be so, I also presume that you must be possesing a Multi-System VCR, to play back PAL Tapes from India, and NTSC tapes from the US. And if that is the case, I guess it is a simple problem of resetting the System standards. Please go to the Main menu of your VCR using the Remote, and select AUTO in System (You will be given choices of AUTO, PAL, NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43 and NTSC PB PAL. Likewise, it is entirely possible that your Television SYSTEm Standard has been accidentally changed. If it is Multi System TV, Then, again, using the Remote of the TV, select Menu, and then select AUTO in System. In all likelihood your problem should get solved.

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  • Pravin Gupta May 14, 2007

    As for SP, LP and EP, these are set automatically by the VCR.

  • Pravin Gupta May 24, 2007

    Dear Chandra, Have you tried cleaning the Video Heads? I suggest you buy a good 'Wet' Type Cleaning cassette, and run it a couple of times as per the instructions on the box.

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