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SANYO VCR VWM-900 playback is jerky

At first I thought it was the tape, but tried ti play a different tape with the same results.....
the picture seems to be ok but the audio is jerky and when you look at the picture, you can tell it is responding the same as the picture.

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  • maydole47 Dec 07, 2007

    I tried the FF/rewind trick, but it didn't help. It sounds like your analysis of the problem is accurate. I will take it to a trusted technician locally and will let you know how it works out.

    Thanks for your quick response.

  • maydole47 Dec 19, 2007


  • maydole47 Dec 19, 2007


    Took it to a "trusted" tech, or so I thought. He called to say he couldn't find anything wrong, so I told him to check it when recording, not just playing.

    Didn't hear back from him for a week so I went to pick it up thinking he still found nothing wrong. He said he did notice it acting up when he recorded and tightened something up.

    I took it home to find it still was acting the same as before.

    I tried another tape that had worked in my other VCR. It appeared that the defective VCR ruined the other tape. Guess I'm out the bench fee I paid to have him look at it.

    Thanks for you advice anyway.

  • maydole47 Dec 28, 2007


    DUH! I hooked up a different VCR and had the same issue. Then I realized the problem started after I got a new TV, Sharp AQUOS. I tried playing a pre-recorded tape and had the same problem, but on a third VCR, new, on a different TV the tape played OK.

    I had trouble setting up the new VCR on the second TV until I purchased another triple video cable, so I'm thinking the real problem is in the hookup of any VCR on the new TV. I have yet to purchase new cables for the set up.

    Hope I can finally get to the correct solution soon.

  • maydole47 Dec 29, 2007

    This gets stranger and stranger.

    The cables didn't fix the problem and I tried your idea of plugging the VCR and cable box in an outlet across the room. No good.

    I have found out that it records OK by playing the recorded tape on the other VCR/TV in the other room, but when I play it back on the new TV, it skips.

    I give up. Now that I know it will record OK, I can play it back in the other room.

    Thanks for your suggestions.



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Your post/description indicates that possibly the brake mechanism of the supply reel is acting up. A typical VCR has 2 reels inside that spins the tape. The left side is the supply while the right is the take up. If the brake (on the left/supply) is engaged (even partially), then the entire mechanism would have a hard time pulling the tape around the video/audio head and would partially be stretching. This would represent itself as jerky audio/video in most instances. There would possible also be a low screeching sound coming from the machine/tape. An indicator would be stretched tape - there would be uneven edges of the tape.

Since this is an electro-mechanical problem, perhaps your best course of action is to seek the services of a qualified video machine technician.

Alternately, it may be possible to loosen things up by first fast forwarding the entire tape and thereafter rewinding fully before you play it.

Hope that this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things worked out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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    Louie Role Dec 20, 2007

    Hi again,

    Sorry to hear that. Wish there was a way to further assist you but that would mean physically looking over the unit. Most cases like this, you have to consider the repair cost and the down time. Perhaps you are better off purchasing a new one. Not unless you would like to consider sending it across the globe for a look & see.

    Seasons greetings and the best of everything to you and your love ones.

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    Louie Role Dec 29, 2007

    Pls comment back soon as you have replaced the triple cable (yellow, red & white).

    Another area that you can check is the power strip or the outlet where your unit is plugged in. Verify that your unit(s) are getting enough "juice". You may also want to try plugging in your VCR to a different outlet other than the one used by the new TV. Additionally check if your VCR are rated/set as auto volts or 110 and not 220 or 240.

    Happy Holidays.

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    Louie Role Dec 29, 2007

    Can't help but scratch my head. From all indications, your new TV (Sharp AQUOS) is somehow affecting the performance of the other units specially your VCR. Other than having it look over by their service or replacement, your record there but playback in another is as good as can be at the moment.

    My compliments on determining a workable remedy.



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