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VCR Play Back is OK, but Recording produces Blue Screen on playback

Ok, what I'm trying to say is that my Philips VR 330 VCR will play tapes not recorded on this machine OK - However when I try to playback any tapes I've recently recorded on it, all I'm getting is a complete blue screen (Audio Muting?) - & no sound at all.

I've cleaned the heads by playing a good tape for an hour, using a Dry Type cleaner, and also with a Wet Type cleaner - None have made any difference.

Wondering if the record heads are F***** - if there are seperate rec heads to p/b on video machines!

Any help/ advise very welcome

Many thanks


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  • hawkie May 11, 2008

    when i try to record vcr get blue screen ,playback with other tapes ok why r



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If the heads are TOO dirty, a head cleaner will not help. If you are cinfident enough to open up the recorder, then they can be cleaned manually.

Disconnect the VCR from the mains.

Remove the screews from the side and back (if applicable) of the lid.

Remove the lid.

Look at the large drum (set at a slight angle) If you gently rotate the drum you will see 2 or 4 small sensors set into the drum.

Tear of a clean piece of A4 paper about 1inch square.

Hold between thumb and first finger and rub the centre of the paper against each sensor in turn. Make sure the edge of the paper does not catch the sensor.

After each sensor check the paper for dirt (black marks) and change paper if need be.

Try a recording / playback.

Repeat if necessary.

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