Question about Sony SLV-D380P DVD Player/VCR
SP tapes approx. 5+ yrs old. played twice. These are all store bought pre-recorded tapes. Played tapes about 5 yrs ago and tapes were fine. Went to play in the last month and the tapes play about 5 min and then the picture starts to slightly distort and rainbow colored lines appear across part of the picture and the sound starts to slightly garble. We tried the tapes on 2 different VCR players and it happened on both machines, so that ruled out a machine problem.
All of our EP tapes dating back 10 years play perfectly fine.
What is the problem??
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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If it won't PLAY VHS tapes it must have a serious mechanical problem (if it even loads) or its heads are glommed up, so it obviously won't record them either. When's the last time you ran a cleaning tape through it?
Solve the load or playback problem and it will probably record.
Time and poor storage conditions are the mortal enemies of tapes. Store the in a 'played
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