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Head alignment Top of picture in both VHS or DVD playback is distorted. Adjusting the tracking has no effect on problem but does as it should in fuzzing the picture.

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Tracking controls for VHS should have no effect on the DVD player. If a pre-recorded DVD is distorting the picture, along with the VHS, then there's either something wrong with the TV it's played on, or the connection, between the two. Or there is a fault in the electronics of the VHS/DVD combi that deals with the picture.

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SOURCE: playback is poor quality, tracking wont fix it and have cleaned head

Dear Iain, Do you route your Cable / Antenna through your VCR's Inputs (at rear) ? If yes, Do you find that the video of these cable /antenna channels is good? If the answer is yes again,then, in all likelihood, you are having a machine with dirty Video Heads.Did you use a 'Wet' Type Head cleaning cassette? If no, then I suggest you get one and use it. Again it is entirely possible that the Video Heads are worn out. How old is the VCR? How many tapes have you played back on it? Do you observe some black streaking along the edges of the images on the screen, which increase or decrease when u change the tracking? If yes, then it is time to get the Video Heads replaced.In India they would cost an equivalent of US$ 10-15. I do not know how much they would cost in your country, but it cannot be much more.

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are you using the s video socket if so you will get black & white picture you need to use rca phono to rca phono or rca phono to scart lead to record to dvd burner. as I do alot of copying over myself i never use s-video socket due to cable wrongly wired for colour just black video signal. hope this works for you

Posted on Aug 15, 2007

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Solved! (I hope??).
The cable from the Keyspan to the AG-DS555 deck had an extension cable - when this was removed, the rolling specks disappeared!!! I tested the same set-up on a JVC DV deck and didn't see any problem?? But I suppose that S-VHS is much older technology - I hope that this was it!

Guess the moral of the story is - check every cable!

Posted on Mar 28, 2008

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From your description it appears you may have dirty heads. Either try a video head cleaner tape or better still , remove the casing & using either a proper head cleaning tool & an appropriate head cleaner fluid (isopropal alcohol) very gently wipe the heads, Do Not put too much pressure or rub too hard as this will damage the heads. If this does not cure the problem then new heads will be required.
Your VR 354 is possibly the whole of the tape path needing cleaned especially the pinch roller (black round roller on the right hand side) this might be worn & again needing replaced

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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need to adjust the arms that hold the tape around the main cylinder use a small screwdriver and adjust each one slightly until stable

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