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Picture Problems Just recently my VHS has started acting up. I'll put in a video (new, old...doesn't matter what tape) and the sound will come through clear as a bell, but the top half of the picture is snow. The snow occasionally moves down to cover the screen, but the the funny thing is, when I rewind or fast forward the video, I can see the picture clearly but as soon as I hit play, the snow appears again. I've hit the tracking buttons on the front of the VHS, but am not sure if they're even working since nothing changes. Any ideas?

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Dirty video is the first place to look. Use of a lint free cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol, or electronic cleaner (Chemtronics electrowash or similiar). Rotate the video head a few times around past the moistened cloth. I don't recommend cotton swabs (a foam swab is safer) for this, as a tiny piece of cotton can get caught on the head, and essentially cause the problem you are trying to fix. Lastly, an excessively worn head will cause this too.

Posted on May 29, 2007

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Yes, this is a problem of dirty or clogged video heads. I advice using a good Wet Type cleaning cassette.

Posted on May 28, 2007

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This is a tracking problem...try cleaning the entire tape path with alcohol swabs (open top cover), especially the pinch roller

Posted on May 27, 2007

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