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The VCR is completely off track.. Does anybody has any solutions?


If by "off track" you mean it cannot track an image on the tape, it may just need cleaning. The heads, head drums, guides, and rollers in the playback mechanism require cleaning on a regular basis and, if they are not cleaned regularly, oxide particles and dirt accumulate to the point that the VCR is no longer able to play tapes.
Although automatic head cleaners are available, they're more for maintenance, and if it isn't playing tapes anymore it's beyond that. I would recommend taking the VCR to a repair shop for cleaning... shouldn't cost very much, and it should solve your problem. (Let's hope that the heads aren't worn down... bit more of an issue.... but try the cleaning first.)
Once you have the unit running again, buy an automatic cleaning tape and use it every few plays.

May 21, 2015 | Panasonic DMR-E75V DVD Player/VCR

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I took out some 2001 9/11 taped back then. Inserting them the TV message was CLEAN VIDEO HEADS. I don't know how to do this. Are the video heads on the VCR or on the video tape? What would i use to...


You can purchase a VCR cleaning tape that will do the job. However the best way is to buy a can of Servisol Video 40 (small one will do and it will last a long time) then remove the top cover of the VCR. Spray the VCR heads. Shinny Silver things and any moving parts that the tape touches. If your not certain what to clean, with the cover off insert a tape and press play. Remove the tape and spray small amounts on the surfaces. If you can see a lot of dust you can wipe the heads etc with a cotton bud. A VCR housed in a smokers house will need extra work to get it clean. Once dry you can test a tape. If you see flecks or spots the VCR will need further cleaning.

Sep 13, 2011 | Panasonic NV-FJ620 VHS/S-VHS playback VCR

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On a tv/dvd/vcr combo the vcr is eating tapes after running a cleaning tape - any thoughts?


Good news and bad news: A simple head cleaning and demagnetization will solve this problem normally. The bad news is that unless you have a wet head cleaning cassette (a new blank VHS will usually do the same thing as a head demagnetizer so you don't need one of those) from over a decade ago, you're going to have a tough time trying to find one. Radio Shack possibly?
Beyond that, though, the best way to clean a VCR's heads, capstans and rollers is to physically open them and use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. Obviously the 's kind of impossible to do for the consumer with a TV/VCR combo.

Apr 23, 2011 | Philips Magnavox 20MC4304 20 in....

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Poor video quality on vcr and external inputs, dvd ok


Hi this is a very common with vcr's the problem you are having is with the head inside the vcr what you can try is to go out and buy a vcr head cleaning kit this comes in the form of a tape and this will then clean the head for you without having to take the vcr apart.

but have you tried playing a new video to make sure its not the tapes your watching that are at fault, the problem with tapes is that over continued use the quality drops due to the tapes passing around the inside of the video also re-recording damages tapes so bare this in mind, i would try a new tape first then go for the head cleaning kit, if the new tape play rubbish then try the head cleaner and this will improve the quality, if the tape plays ok then its the tapes your using at fault.

you should be able to get a vcr head cleaning kit off the well known auction site or from most electrical stores,

let me know if you need further assistance ok

plz rate this solution as i have a whole page of unrated posts, thanks

Aug 27, 2010 | RCA DRC8320 DVD Recorder/VCR

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When I record a movie on the vcr it plays back snowy.


Ur VCR signal recorded free air throught an DTV converter box?Yes,this cause is normal,because VCR player have no digital tuner on the VCR player by itself,on it circuitries design.If recorded throught pay cable signal.Yes,than ur VCR video head player is dirty needed to be clean.Tries websites like Amazon.com,Ebay.com to buy a VCR video head cleaner vdeo tape.Just play it as normal as a video tape,when the video head clean,VCR will display clean head eject tape now.

Aug 03, 2010 | Philips Magnavox MWR20V6 DVD Recorder/VCR

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Video heads of Sanyo VWM-800 4 head vcr need cleaning.


Take the top off and spray the main head with Servisol Video 40. (image below) Also the tracking and audio heads.
Wait for it to dry before putting a tape in. In the future use only this it is much better and cheaper than cleaning tapes.
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Mar 10, 2010 | Sanyo VWM-800 VHS VCR

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Vcr gets sound but no video. dvd works fine


it sounds like the video head is dirty and needs cleaning, buy a vcr cleaning tape and follow directions on how to clean the heads... Radio Shack should have the cleaning tape....hope this helps.

Dec 29, 2009 | Philips Magnavox DVD/VCR Dual Player

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VCR acting strange with audio and playing


It sounds like the audio control head is at fault.
If all prerecorded tapes (movies) play with audio level jumping up and down, is is likely that the audio head is dirty. The audio head in the VCR looks very similar to a head of an old audio cassette player.
First, try to clean the audio head by running a VHS head cleanning tape. The cleanning tape will usually clean the path of all tape mechanisms..

Good Luck

Feb 25, 2008 | Panasonic PV-V4523S VHS VCR

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Need help with VCR/DVD combo?


OK, first off, these are not the same problem.

One of you is talking about the VCR and the other about the DVD.

The VCR likely needs to be cleaned. You can use a store bought cleaning tape, but these are not all that good for the video head.
What I would do is open the unit, and clean the head with a chamois.
Put a little head cleaner solution on the chamois, place it against the head gently and turn the drum by hand. Don't press too hard or you'll ruin the heads (there are two to four heads in the drum that turn as you turn the drum).
While your at it, use a q-tip to clean the guide posts, capstan and pinch roller and the audio head. Reassemble and try the unit. If it still doesn't work, go buy a new one.

As for the DVD problem, try cleaning the laser head with a q-tip and a squirt of windex (on the q-tip). Work the head up and down gently.

If the problem persists, go buy a new one. The mechanism has gone bad.

Dec 17, 2007 | Toshiba SD-V392 DVD Player/VCR

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TV/VCR combo


Try clean the AC head with a
foam type head cleaning Q-tip
when you take the cover off
tle AC head is the device
to the R of the drum that
resembles a recordling head
because thats what it is
clean the dark strip up
uner the littl ridge at the
top

Nov 22, 2007 | RCA T13208 13 in. TV/VCR Combo

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