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Gray Horizontal bars in playback mode on Sony DCR-TRV33

I have had this camera since 12/2003 and never cleaned the heads until recently using a dynexMinidv head cleaner as I would encounter 3-4 gray horizontal bars across the lcd screen during playback mode. I contacted Sony and all they had to offer was to reset the camera. The gray bars are still there. Now another problem has popped up and it is that if I record something over something else, the footage that I am recording over still comes up in the place of the gray bars so in effect you are watching two recorded things at the same time. Please help as Sony does not seem to want to. Thanks!

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Tape path needs to be aligned.

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