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VCR eating tapes

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  • ed casteel Mar 01, 2008

    i have a hitachi thats eating tapesmodel no.vtf392a can you help me fine a way to fix it?



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Is the vcr in a cold room? the heads might have dew on them
or need cleaned. If it keeps doing it you probly wouldn't want to fix it at a shop. you can buy new vcr's with remote at walmart now for $25-$30 I think. Hey you can try the old treatment
that i always do. Try unplugging the vcr from the electrical
outlet for a hour or maybe even longer sometimes that will resit
everything in it and it will work right.

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