Question about Sony SLV-D570H DVD Player / VCR Combo

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Picture goes in and out

When viewing a taped VHS show, the picture goes in and out.  The screen flashes between the picture and a blank screen every few seconds.  Presently I have good quality video quality cable going between the TV and VCR.  I don't think the TV is the problem because it gave me the same problem with an older TV I had.

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  • Hammer1500 Jan 19, 2008

    The unit is less than 2 years old, but I had the problem when I initially hooked up the player.  I was wondering whether it was a problem with the video signal but as stated the audio is fine.

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    Patrick Haines May 11, 2010

    How old is the unit. Sometimes after a bit of use the tape does not properly align with the vcr's tuning head. Some models have automatic tuning feature, you may try this or check the manual for the device.If not and you are comfortable with repairing the unit yourself you can try adjusting the tapes alignment. If you remove the casing you will notice two pins with rubber rollers on them, you can try adjusting the screws on top of these pins to clear up the problem. I usually do this while the cassette is playing so that I may see if the video is getting better or worse. Please notice do Not touch the spinning video head, the head is magnetic and can discharge a large static shock that may harm you and/or the unit. Also in retrospect the head may be dirty, if you disconnect power to the unit you may clean the head with Q-tips and rubbing alchohol. Hope this helps and please be sure to rate this advice below.

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Yes it sounds very much like it is simply in need of a tuning. Also if you do not feel comfortable repairing yourself, this is a very simple fix that can be done at most any electrical repair shop and usually doesn't cost too much.

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