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VCR is displaying snow on the screen and static. Cannot play a tape

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Your unit is dirty and will need to be cleaned by a cleaning tape, available at any retail store or electronics specialty store. Also check the internal compartments to make sure nothing is loose, broken, or misaligned. If these do not work then the unit needs professional repair or replacement. Good luck to you!

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