White wide lines go across the screen when played back. How do you fix this? There is also a black dot in the middle of the screen.
It is hard to make a complete judgement without additional information. If you get a brand new tape and record something right now and then immediately play it back, does it have the same effect you describe as an old tape? It's possible that it's one tape that's the problem. It is also possible that the tape heads are dirty. Try this......get a special cleaning cassette tape and follow the mfg. instructions for using. What ever it says, do it twice. If it fixes it, great. If not try the same tape in another machine. If it still plays fine elsewhere but not in your's, you probably have an electronic problem and that means shop time. Two more tricks you can apply before the home brew methods dry up is to reset the motherboard and clean the electrical fingers that connect to the cassette.
CLEAN: Remove the present cassette from the camera body but slowly because you are looking for 4 notches on the edge of the cassette shell. Then you MUST remove your battery. When the cassette is out, look for the very thin 4 wires that are in the camera in the same area of the shell notches. They are a bit hard to see so be patient. When you locate them, take a Q-tip and drench in Isopropal Alcohol. VERY CAREFULLY wipe each wire without bending or distorting. Wait 5 minutes to dry. Put the battery back in and then the cassette.
RESET: Take the battery out. Turn on your camera to playback mode. Find the little reset button on the body of the camera. Hold that in with a ballpoint pen and hold in the record button at the same time for 10 seconds. This resets your motherboard to default settings and messes up your time and date. Perhaps a few other settings you changed when you setup your camera.
After trying all of the above, if your still in the same mess, the cheap fixes are probably not going to help. Good Luck!
Feb 06, 2011 |
Sony DCR-HC26 Mini DV Digital Camcorder