Need an Instruction Manual for a Hitachi Video Deck Model #VTM181A(R)
Hitachi M181 Auto Head Cleaning VHS Hitachi video Deck Model # VTM181A(R) Serial # 40338269
I don't have a remote, but can deal without - just need the instruction manual to be able to program the channels because it only goes from L1, L2 up to 14...I have cable , it says it's Cable Ready - How to do you add channels and do I need it's original remote?
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The main cause of this is a dirty video head. You can get a head cleaning tape that will clean the head. Or you can do it manually. But you have to take off the top cover and spray the video head with Servisol Video 40. Allow it to dry and test the machine. If it doesn't do it the first time or the picture is breaking up, clean again.
If it was near the main video head, it's a video head cleaning roller. Since you seem able to clean the video head yourself from time to time, I would leave it off. It won't effect the performance of the vcr, as long as any remaining parts are clear of the tape path.
The best way to clean a video head is to remove the top outer cover, then you can spray the head with Servisol Video 40. You can also spray the audio/control head at the same time. You can get Servisol from electrical shops and also online (image below).
"Servicing" may just mean head cleaning. You can purchase a VHS head cleaner at Radio Shack for $5.00. If that doesn't work repair will not be cost effective when you can purchase a brand new VHS/DVD combo deck for under $125.00
Hi, All I get is a blue screen. It does accept the tape, and I do get normal audio from the tape.
I believe that I do get the words "play" "fast", etc..., displayed on the t.v. screen So I guess you could say there is that for a video signal - otherwise I would just get a static screen - I just get no video signal from the tape.
Not sure what kind of soda (i.e. coke, pepsi, etc).
Thanks again, Frank
Could be dirty heads if you have a dry head cleaner tape try it (Maxell and RCA make ok tapes to try for ~:30-1min) ALSO:
There is a delay in the time you adjust the tracking and
the results being visable on the screen on this unit,
I suspect the tracking is adjusted off center. It takes some getting
used to the way this deck's tracking adjustment works as the VHS video
is upconverted to be captured onto the dvd and that is what you see,
the upconverted video, fed out to your TV, analog or digital, this unit
upconverts everthing to digital even analog channels, there needs to be
a noise/blue screen off feature in the menu like my old hitachi VHS
deck and my JVC ~$60 deck has now. On analog TV or old tapes it comes
in handy for adjusting the tracking/antenna.
* Do not record program in DVHS mode on an S-VHS cassette. Use of S-VHS cassettes will not allow for maximum performance and may result in head clogging. Use only D-VHS cassettes as recommended in the instruction manual on page 27.
* Make sure that the DIGITAL 3-DNR lamp is ON when playing back a cassette recorded in D-VHS mode. If not press DIGITAL 3-DNR so that the DIGITAL 3-DNR indicator illuminates.
* When block noise appears on the TV screen, clean the video heads with the DFC-2 D-VHS Head Cleaning Cassette (continue up to 3 minutes total). Please refrain from using any other head cleaning cassettes as drum damage may result.