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The picture looks like a bad vcr tape is in - need tracking

It is about 14 years old and it looks like when you used to have to adjustthe tracking with a vcr, you cannot see a picture just the lines across the tv

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I hate 2 say but 14 years you got your moneys worth Time 4 a new one

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Buzz during playback, but only on SOME tapes!! When i adjust tracking manually, pictures quality suffers.


Bad recording VHS or old VHS tapes,will sometimes causes this problems,because of degrading magnatic tapes.Sorry this problems,u did the fixed adjusting manual tracking,that it not fixing the problems,sorry that all u will getting that kind of quality of picture.

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Iv got some old vhs tapes and when i put them in the vcr to play they jump and give a fuzzy picture can you help me please. thanx


All you can do is adjust the tracking and make certain the video head is clean. I would have a look inside each VHS tape at the tape itself, it might have got mould or damp inside it.
But if the video machine plays back it's own tapes and commercial tapes OK, it could be the tapes have gone bad.

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My jvc has developed a tracking problem when viewing tapes recorded on other recorders. I cant seem to correct the problem. It shows old tapes without a problem


VCR tracking has to be set up right, but even then many machines have problems with tracking other vcr's tapes. Generally a good quality commercial tape should track well. If it doesn't then either there's a fault with the tracking on your machine or the tracking is not set up right. Most tracking problems are caused by dirt, or wear on the heads or surfaces. Give your VCR a good clean up, every surface the tape comes into contact with, using Servisol Video 40. If that doesn't solve it you might have to look into the cost of replacing heads, maybe the control/audio head first. Or you should look at having the tracking set up by a proffessional (at a JVC service center). However if the tracking was off, after resetting any tapes the machine has done, may now have problems tracking, whilst other machines tapes and commercial will track normal.

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When playing a vhs tape the pics jump half way through watching. trying to record these old family tapes to dvd. is there a type of vcr i can buy to manually fix tracking or is there another way to solve...


There are two reasons that might cause loss of tracking halfway into a video tape. The first means you can't really do a lot about it. To check it is this is simple. When you get to the point the video jumps, stop the VCR and eject the tape. The look at the tape itself by lifting the flap at the front (push the small catch on the right side). Examine the section of the tape. If you see any damage to the tape (it should look smooth and shine) then it will never track properly.
Another cause of the jumping is caused by the take up reel, getting sluggish. Sometimes these are run off a belt, that becomes slack, replacing it could solve the problem, or it could be something else in the mechanism that's causing it.
There is another solution, particularly if the tape wasn't recorded on the machine that is playing it back. I haved used loads of different VCR's and I found that the tracking has never been set up right on any! This means that only the VCR it was recorded on generally gives the most correct playback.
Having said that it is possible to get a VCR with really good tracking. I have found that Panansonic VCR's have the best tracking. I currently have a NV-HS900 which can track just about everything, but you will only get one seconed-hand now.

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It sounds like the tapes may be physically damaged, wrinkled or creased. This may have been done when they were played in whatever machine you used 5 years ago. Tapes can also be damaged in storage by heat or humidity. Tapes should also be stored on end in their boxes, not flat. If these tapes were stored flat, the bottom edge might have gotten wrinkled. This can damage the control track and cause playback issues.

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