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Re: vcr help

Sounds like the belts are slipping that drive the loading mechanism.
May have its gearing out of time but start by replacing the belts

Posted on Jan 02, 2008

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My VCR won't play my movies! The tapes are fine its just when I put the tape in it just shows a scraggly screen. Everything is plugged in but my movies won't play. What do I do?

If the vcr is running the tape, your video head is probably dirty, try using a cleaning tape if you have one. The second option is use a brand new blank tape T120 and set the the machine to sp speed (2hr running time) and let the tape run the full course. The third option is to remove the lid of the vcr and carefully clean the video head with a swab dipped in rubbing alcohol rotating the head by hand as you proceed allowing several minutes to dry before loading your tape.

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JVC HR S8000U S-VHS VCR switch from stereo to mono during playing.

try to do a player head cleaning. just be careful doing this..


Aug 04, 2008 | VCRs

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The vcr picture is very distorted. I know that

I’ve never had much luck with tape cleaners. I found that you can use acetone. You can buy it in any hardware or k-mart,walmart. Open the VCR up and find the big chrome cylinder that spins. It has the heads on it. There little windows on the cylinder. Clean them with the acetone. Use just enough acetone to wet the foam and rub the heads lightly. There is sometimes 2 to 4 heads on the cylinder. Let dry for about 5 to 10 min’s then play a tape. If still not a good picture, clean again. Sometimes if takes more than one cleaning. Hope this is helpful.

Oct 30, 2009 | VCRs

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Tapes dont play etc

check the tip in my profile labled how to clean vcr heads.

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If the rt guide arm is not moving fully forward, just put a couple of drops of white grease on the mechanism.

The arm with the felt pad is the autu-head cleaner pad. after a year or 2 of use, it will be more a menace than a good useful cleaner, as it will add the accumulated dirt on to the head, instead of cleaning. Just remove it.

Jun 27, 2008 | Sony SLV-940HF VCR

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VCR acting strange with audio and playing

It sounds like the audio control head is at fault.
If all prerecorded tapes (movies) play with audio level jumping up and down, is is likely that the audio head is dirty. The audio head in the VCR looks very similar to a head of an old audio cassette player.
First, try to clean the audio head by running a VHS head cleanning tape. The cleanning tape will usually clean the path of all tape mechanisms..

Good Luck

Feb 25, 2008 | Panasonic PV-V4523S VHS VCR

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Sharp dv-rw260h vcr/dvd combi

The tape drive and head cylinder motors are having trouble synchronizing close enough to allow the manual tracking to work. Does it work on prerecorded tapes?
Could be:
Too much drag from the tensioning gizmo. (fixable)
Dirty tape path (fixable)
Damaged tape (does it have a crease along one edge?
dragging motor (not usually fixable)
Hope Ya Fix It!

Jan 17, 2008 | VCRs

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Dont see Video only Audio

The video head may still be dirty even after using the cleaning tape. Take the top cover off. The video head will be the rotating drum about 1.5 inches diameter. Use a lint free cloth- dish towel etc, moistened with rubbing alcohol, and rotate the head a few turns. The actual pickup surfaces are at the bottom of this drum unit- you can see them- there will be at least two.

Anyway, if you look at your cloth, and see some black material, indeed the head was dirty. Let the head dry for several minutes, then do a trial play again. If your picture returns, then good- if not try cleaning a couple more times. Heads do eventually wear out, and other problems can also cause the no video.

Dec 23, 2007 | Quasar VHQ940 VHS VCR

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VCR Play Back is OK, but Recording produces Blue Screen on playback

If the heads are TOO dirty, a head cleaner will not help. If you are cinfident enough to open up the recorder, then they can be cleaned manually.

Disconnect the VCR from the mains.

Remove the screews from the side and back (if applicable) of the lid.

Remove the lid.

Look at the large drum (set at a slight angle) If you gently rotate the drum you will see 2 or 4 small sensors set into the drum.

Tear of a clean piece of A4 paper about 1inch square.

Hold between thumb and first finger and rub the centre of the paper against each sensor in turn. Make sure the edge of the paper does not catch the sensor.

After each sensor check the paper for dirt (black marks) and change paper if need be.

Try a recording / playback.

Repeat if necessary.

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Used a wet VHS cleaner and now my VCR doesn't work right. Help!!

The VHS cleaning cassette possibly deposited fiber in the heads in the drum. You may need to open the cabin and examine the heads and the mechanism for foreign matterial.

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