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Blue screen when tape is played; picture visible only during fast forward

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You have dirty heads, hence the blue screen, either try using a head cleaning tape, although these do not always do a through job, or if you remove the top cover & using a head cleaner fluid, VERY GENTLY wipe the heads at the sides of the round silver drum using either a head cleaner stick with the fluid or a piece of sturdy card. DO NOT put too pressure against the head or you will damage them completly & would need replacement heads. Leave them a few minutes to dry then try playing a tape once more.

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