This is the second Sanyo vcr that I've had and it's done the exact same thing. When I try to play a vhs tape, there is no picture, just "snow". I have audio. If I fast forward the tape, I can see the picture clearly but it's fast forwarding. It does the same thing with the head cleaner tape also. Any ideas of how to fix it without too much expense or buying a new one?
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This may be caused by a faulty adapter. 1. try playing in the camera. 2. try a different tape. 3. try a different adapter.99% this is a problem with the adapter or the tape. It really sounds like the tape isn't turning freely, which can be caused by a brake sticking, or spindle in the tape or adapter.
The problem is not with your TV. I have had this problem as well and the older the VCR gets the harder it is for it to turn the tape. Does your VCR react the same way with other tapes? Try Fastforwarding the tape about halfway and then test it again.
1. Set tv to channel 4
2. insert a pre-recorded tape into vcr.
3.press play once to start playback.
4. after a few seconds press play on the vcr for 3 sec you will see a playback picture.
when a picture doesn't appear on the tv screen repeat step 4.
5. press stop to stop playback.
the heads on the sanyo vcr may slightly be out of alignment from years of use.when playing a recorded tape from this vcr to another, the other vcr's alignment maybe right on track thus causing the poor quality.you can possibly try cleaning the heads with a head cleaner or a high grade blank tape,but i don't think this will solve the problem. but you can try.
p.s also try higher quality tapes to record on.
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.