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Pictures have lines

3 months ago my pictures started having lines on it

When I video tape we are getting thick solid gray bars that go horizontally across the picture.

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  • Kiwipinetree Dec 20, 2007

    Yep, I've got the same problem on my DCR-HC32 and would like to know the cause and solution please.

  • computeress Jan 29, 2008

    I too have the horizontal gray bar problem with my GL2 camera. I tried the Radio Shack head cleaner and it has not improved the problem.

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Some people say that winter storage does this.it is ,apparently,to do with moisture and the residue it causes when it dries.to all of you i recommend putting your cameras in a sun-lit window for 20 minutes a day for 3 to 5 days.if it does not work,try a tape head cleaner.

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