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VHS won't play correctly - no picture, muffled low voices

The VCR works just fine. It will play all other VHS tapes. This tape has no picture (black screen) unless it is in fast forward mode. I can kind of hear the voices on the tape, but they are very low and muffled. Is there anything I can do to the tape to get it to play correctly? Again, there is nothing wrong with the VCR and I have tried it in other VCRs as well as adjusted the tracking. Thanks!

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Several things.
Check the tape, by opening the cover, to see if the tape is damaged. Look for signs of crinkling at the edges. This is often caused by the roller being worn on one of the VCR.
If it's damaged there's not a lot you can do.
If there's no damage try taking it out of the cassette box and fitting it in a new 'good make' blank tape tape box, discard the new tape in it. Still no good?
Next step, is the tape a movie/tv made by a commercial company. Or a recording on a blank tape?
Did it ever play? (if a movie) if not suspect a pirate tape report seller to FACT.
If a blank tape, try recording on a blank section. If that doesn't work and your video will record on other blank tapes. The tape has something wrong with it.
Some video recorders will play tapes with bad problems IE bad tracking, that others refuse to play, but you will either have to find one owned by a friend or buy one with that claim.

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