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Playback (edit mode) is perfect but on camera (record) no picture, only vertical lines and blur

Please help and how do i clean the heads

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Re: playback (edit mode) is perfect but on camera...

You have to get a dry cleaning tape... DO NOT USE A WET ONE....hope this helped....

Posted on Jan 14, 2008

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