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Sound when I play back the current tape I am still recording with, it's fine-no problem--but all of my other tapes which have played fine in the past--now they have a line running through them & absolutely no sound on all of them--(it's an 8mm Hitachi camcorder--VM-E535LA) I don't think it's the camera, because the newer tape plays back fine. Is there a tracking problem on the other tapes & how would I adjust this(I can't find a tracking button on the camera) please help!!!

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Re: sound

It's not tracking -- it's dirty heads -- you can purchase an 8mm head cleaning cassette and use it to cure these problems. Tapes recorded with the dirty heads may still have issues afterwards.

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