Question about Hitachi Televison & Video
Modle Vt M728E
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
VCR....yowser...when you put the tape in does it look like its goign to load and then it either spits it out or just starts flashing? I smell smoke on this one. as in toast
Posted on Aug 27, 2007
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Posted on May 11, 2009
TRAC is short for TRACKING. This is rather complicated to explain and requires some understanding of how a VCR works. To put it in the simplest terms, tracking is an adjustment which corrects a misalignment between the image on the actual video tape and the playback head. The playback head basically "reads" the picture on the tape and sends it to your TV for viewing.
Many VCRs (including yours) have automatic tracking. When you insert a tape, the VCR attempts to adjust the playback head so that is in line with the image on the tape. The TRAC message will usually appear briefly when you insert any video tape to indicate that the VCR is perfoming this alignment adjustment.
In your case, the TRAC message is continuing to display because the VCR is unable to automatically correct this alignment and is therefore unable to read the tape. This is usually caused by one of two things;
1. A worn or stretched tape. Video tapes do not live for ever. After repeated recording the tape becomes worn, stretched and/or distorted. 8 hour and 6 tapes are particularly susceptible to this as the actual tape in the cassette is thinner and stretches/distorts more easily as a result. These tapes have a much shorter life expectancy than shorter 3 or 4 hour tapes.
2. The playback head is dirty and needs cleaning.
To solve this problem, you need to determine which is the cause. This is very simple to do. If the TRAC message persists when you use a brand new tape then you probably need to clean the heads. This can be done with a head cleaning cassette which you simply insert into the VCR and play for a short while:
This are widely available from many retailers, but be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
If the problem is confined to a single tape or a small number of tapes, then it's likely these tapes are worn out and have reached the end of their life. You may be able to get a limited amount of further use from them if you clean the heads as above (sometimes the problem can be a combination of a dirty head and a worn tape) but don't expect these tapes to last much longer. You would be ill-advised to use these tapes for any further recording.
In addition, if you habitually use 8 and 6 hour tapes, you should limit their use to recording things you only want to watch again a limited number of times. If you are recording things you want to keep and watch long-term, I would suggest using tapes no longer than 3 hours or 4 hour at the absolute maximum. For better quality and longer life, you should also record in short-play (SP) mode rather than long-play (LP) mode.
I hope this adequately explains the TRAC message for you. Please try a selection of other tapes - old/new and bought/self-recorded, then reply to me from within this page with the results if you need further assistance.
Posted on Feb 03, 2011
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