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Head Doctor OSD reports "clean heads"

Hi, my LG VHS GC290SW1F will not play. Even though heads have repeatedly been (tape) cleaned, still get OSD error. A while back, had tape-jam which involved removing cover and unwrapping tape. Could this have damaged head/s?

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Yes it could well have. Depends also on how you clean the heads. The best method is to take of the top cover of the VCR and with some Servisol Video 40 spray - spray and wipe with cotton buds all the surfaces the tape touches. You might have to do this several times. More if the video is in a room where someone smokes! If that doesn't work the Video head might need to be replace.

PS you can't get the Servisol at places such as Maplin (UK) or Radio Shack (USA) and online sites such as Amazon and E-bay.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014

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Place a dollar bill between your thumb and the heads,press gently and turn the head back and forth with the other hand...cleaned a many vcr heads this way..

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Hey there, Here are some ideas; I would clean it one more time to make sure that its nice and clean try playing a different tape on your VCR and check the channel on your VCR, and thats if you are using a channel 3 or 4 on your VCR, concur with each other. Meaning if you have Channel 3 on your TV you should have Channel 3 on your VCR. Thats a really old method. If you use a coxial cable unplug it and replug it in again sometimes there is no contact at one of the ends therefore disconnecting or connecting it again would help. Just see if that works and usually that was the problem when i use to have problems with my VCR. Let me know if that works out for you alright.

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If there is snow from the VCR only when the tape is being played, it is possible that there is a head clog or dirt on the heads.

If the head is clean and there is still snow from it, this means that most likely it is faulty.

A service tech who is experienced at servicing VCR's can connect a scope to the pre-amp test points, and run his calibration tape. With this he should be able to look at the signal carrier envelops on the scope and see if there are any faults.

At the same time, he will also see if there is a fault with the head pre-amp area. I've rarely seen any faults in the pre-amp area.

An experienced tech who works on VCR's can change the head for you. This is time consuming because he will have to go through all the guide and tracking alignments with the scope and test tapes.

A problem with most VCR models, unless it is a high end industrial model, most manufactures are no longer supplying replacement parts. They are telling the people to buy a new machine.

In reality, it may not be cost effective to service your VCR. You may end up buying a new one.

Jerry G.

Posted on Jun 14, 2008

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I bought an used VCR mitsubishi HS-U446. I want to know how to program it to my Sanyo TV so that I can play tapes

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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I do still need assistance with my VCR problem, however, I do not want to sign up for a plan. I will find someone local to me for this problem.
Thank you anyway.

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