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No more image (only snow) the audio is ok.

Like if the video head didn't read anymore, I disconnect the drum, and I get exactly the same, for the REC it is the same.

The audio is good.

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  • sparoz Jan 22, 2009

    I already clened the video head !


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Do you get black topedoes on the screen if you do this a sign of a faulty head and will need replacement. disconecting the drum will be of no avail as it cannot pick up the video signals. you may well be in the need for a head clean and an audio head clean, including the tape guides and rollers. you can purchase a head cleaning tape, get the wet type, unless you are expeirenced it is best not to d.i.y clean use the cleaning tape only or you could well damage the pick up heads, if that doesnt work get a pro to look at it ,anyway head cleaning would be my first port of call.....David Delaine

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Q-tips, isopropyl alcohol and soft cloth + pressurized air is what you need. Disconnect from the wall outlet, open the cover. Blow the dust out with a few bursts from the air can. Clean all the upright posts along the tape path. On the left is the erase head (unless you have a fine editing VCR) - rub it clean with a q-tip soaked in alcohol - dry with a clean cloth. To the forward right of the round video head drum is the audio head, drive shaft (capstan) and rubber pinch roller. Clean all these like the erase head but use very little alcohol on the roller. Then clean the round video head. Never touch it with your fingers or anything but a q-tip or soft cloth. The actual video heads are in the tiny slots in the rotating part. Do not rub them but just touch a few times with a slightly moist (alcohol) q-tip. The rest of the drum can be rubbed normally paying attention to getting the groove clean.

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How to clean a VCR tape machine.

You just rented a tape and your VCR will not track properly or you tried to record a tape and it would not play back. You have a dirty machine.

Remove the power. Remove the top cabinet by removing all the screws on the back and probably a few on the bottom. Once the top is off look to see where the video tape comes into the machine. Directly ahead of the input is the video drum assembly. It should be about 2 or 3 inches in diameter and be directly in front of the tape slot. It is very fragile and should never have any cleaning device moved up and down on it.

Once you locate the video drum you should saturate a cotton swab with a 100% alcohol solution and while turning the drum slowly with the swab pressed against the video drum you should be able to clean the heads.

The heads are very small and very fragile. Any vertical movement will break them. After cleaning the video heads move to the erase head, CTL head and audio head.

The erase head is located to the left of the tape path entry to the video drum assembly. The CTL head is located with the audio head on the right side of the tape exit from the video drum assembly. Using a swab saturated with alcohol clean all these heads.

You should also clean the tape path and load mechanism ( the tracks that the tape guides slide on). Clean the pinch roller and capstan.

All cleaning supplies such as 100 percent alcohol and lint free cleaning swabs are available at .

This should complete the cleaning of your VCR. If all went well the unit should now work.

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Hi Graham92. Read this through a couple of times, sorry it's a bit long-winded.

This may sound a bit strange but the Video Heads on the drum may be causing the sound to cut in and out. The reason for this is the audio circuit requires a clean signal, (good constant picture) from the Video drum heads. Most VCR's have an audio mute when a bad bit of tape passes through the mechanism to stop loud noises from passing to your speakers, TV, Hi-Fi etc. It sounds like you have taken the unit apart before so i suggest cleaning the rotating video head.

Unplug the VCR, locate the heads, usually under a metal lid. The drum is titled on a slant and has 2 heads-VHS or 4 heads-S-VHS which are visibe as a small horizontal slot, (3 mm approx) on the side of the drum. The way i suggest to clean these heads is to use a piece of flat, thin card about the size of a postage stamp, and some cleaning solution (alcohol based). Apply a little solution to one side of the flat card and apply the flat of the card with your finger to the side of the drum with light pressure. Do not press hard as this will break the pick-up coil on the head. Rotate the drum, as you do this you should be able to feel the heads through the card to your finger, this is good. Continue to rotate the drum for 5 complete revolutions. Inspect the card for any sign of dirt. Repeat proceedure if neccessary until no sign of dirt remains. Reassemble unit and test with a new pre-recorded cassette. If all goes well, test with the Cassette that you noticed the sound fault with, ensuring that this cassette is in good condition. Hope this helps you out. Post your resutls back and good luck.

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I assume this symptom appears when attempting to play a tape? If the picture is mostly snow, VCR may need video head cleaning. To do this, take the top cover off- You will note a cylindrical shiny aluminum drum- the actual heads are at the lower edge of this rotating drum.

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