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Picture taking or taking videos snowy not clear

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Ribbon cable.. about 40 part.. let me no if u need the part number..does the view finder show the same?

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My picture is all snowy,how do i fix this

Sounds like dirty heads.
Try a head cleaning tape. If after two or three tries it does not improve, take the camera for a professional clean and adjustment.

Feb 21, 2011 | Sanyo VM-D6 Camcorder

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My sharp viewcam Model # VL-E30U has a snowy picture when I try to view pictures from from a casset

Sounds like dirty video heads.
Try running an appropriate head cleaning tape. After two or three attempts if there is no improvement it's time to see a tech.


Feb 11, 2011 | Sharp Viewcam VL-A10U Camcorder

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Sony TR425e picture slightly faded with slight snow and streaks.

You may get by with just a video head cleaning based on your symptoms. I do camcorder clean and service for just $40, but I'm in California. 916-362-8708. I do repair pal units like yours as well as the standard ntsc format as we use here in the usa. Larry Stiles, Larry's Electronics.

Apr 23, 2010 | Sony Handycam CCD-TR425 Hi-8 Analog...

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I was deleting files. Al of a sudden screen became snowy and is constantly on. I cannot turn it off.


Try removing the battery pack for one minute, that will reset the camcorder.

If that does not work, and you still get snowy dazed picture, then you may have a faulty CCD sensor or a faulty control board.

In that case the best thing to do is contacting Flip Video at the number listed on the owners manual.


Feb 10, 2010 | Flip Video Mino Camcorder

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Recording very snowy and blurred.

If recordings are only blurry and snowy on playback on camcorder, but are OK on a different camcorder or on computer, then the problem is a dirty magnetic head. Use a mini-dv head cleaner tape. If recordings are blurred even on pc or on a different camera, then there is a fault. Faulty CCD sensor, faulty digital board, problem with internal ribbon connector, and dirty or defective lens assembly can cause this kind of problem.

Jun 16, 2009 | Samsung VP-D103i Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Snowy picture, are heads dirty if so will head cleaner work, could there be another problem other than dirty heads?

if it is your heads, a head cleaner tape slowly grinds down your heads. Abrasion bad. Take to shop and have them clean heads with solvent and soft cloth or Q-tips. Might not be your heads, much electronics, but sounds like might be.

May 07, 2009 | Video Cameras

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Yes needs cleaned...try radio shack....or best buy for cleaning tape
hope this was of help!

Dec 11, 2008 | Quasar VM-L153 VHS-C Camcorder

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No video

In camera mode if you look through the lens and have a black picture with the message lens cap on and you see that the iris is opening up and there are no bad connections to the ccd then the imager is suspect. Your snowy playback picture problem may just require a clearing however.

Feb 17, 2008 | JVC GR-SXM260U Camcorder

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You could have dirty heads. If the tapes weren't stored properly and were exposed to high humidity and tempreture the oxide could have loosened allowing it to plug the video head. New tapes will not solve the problem. Once the head is dirty it must be cleaned. Here is a website which explains it as well as I could and they even have pictures: Another tip is to only use top quality, name brand tape. Cheap tape will shed oxide and require more frequent cleanings. Cleaning the heads is probably the most overlooked item with camcorders. If you are not confident doing this job take the camcorder to a reputable shop. Good luck.

Jun 05, 2006 | JVC GR-SXM58 Camcorder

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