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Where's the Tracking Button?

I can't seem to figure out how to adjust the tracking. I'm noticing a lot of horizontal lines when playing old family movies and would like to improve the tracking, but I see no button on the VCR or function on the menu that would allow me to do this. Help!

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Re: Where's the Tracking Button?

If the speed originally was LP, that would explain the problem. Many new units will not properly play LP tapes. Do other tapes play Okay?...accordianman

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Usually VCRs do not offer specifically labelled tracking buttons as such, however they may incorporate tracking into their channel UP/DOWN buttons, both on the front of the main unit and/or remote. Some brands also offer V-LOCK (vertical lock or still image adjustment) (in pause mode during playback) to stabilise the image, reducing vertical jitter, which again can be adjusted as required using the same buttons as used for tracking. In most cases, pressing both CH UP and CH DOWN together while the tape is playing should centre track (revert back to auto tracking) the unit.

I am sure if your VCR has channel buttons on it, try pressing either one while a tape is playing. See if it affects the tracking at all. If it does, press both buttons together for 5 seconds or so, then release - auto/centre tracking takes over.

It costs nothing to try this, and it won't hurt your machine or your tapes.

Apr 20, 2011 | Toshiba W522 VHS VCR

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I am having problems with the tracking at the top of the screen. This was given to me so I have no remote. Is there anything I can do without the remote?

First make certain the video heads are clean. If OK then most VCR use the up down TV channel selector to adjust the VCR tracking when in play. To test put in a good tape and play it, then keep your finger on either up or down button. If it works it should stop tracking properly (pressing the other control will bring it back).

Jan 09, 2011 | Emerson EWV404 VCR

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I have an Emerson VCR Model EWV404, but don't have the manual. Is there a way to adjust the tracking? I have squiggley lines, but only with some tapes.

According to the Emerson VCR manual, during PLAY mode adjust tracking by pressing the CHANNEL buttons. It could be bad tapes also.

Aug 16, 2010 | Emerson VCRs

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Can't figure out how to adjust VCR tracking


Open the player, use cotton wool and methylated spirit to clean the play head of your tape player and the picture will be clear. It is dirt that is making the picture shaky.

Its not all the time that tracking can solve the problem. So clean the player's play head and all will be well.

Please don't apply too much spirit and make sure you dry it with a dry wool. Also make sure the player is turned off and removed from electricity before you proceed for the cleaning.

This is the help that I can render to you.

Good luck.

Apr 23, 2010 | Quasar VHQ401 VHS VCR

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When playing a vhs tape the pics jump half way through watching. trying to record these old family tapes to dvd. is there a type of vcr i can buy to manually fix tracking or is there another way to solve...

There are two reasons that might cause loss of tracking halfway into a video tape. The first means you can't really do a lot about it. To check it is this is simple. When you get to the point the video jumps, stop the VCR and eject the tape. The look at the tape itself by lifting the flap at the front (push the small catch on the right side). Examine the section of the tape. If you see any damage to the tape (it should look smooth and shine) then it will never track properly.
Another cause of the jumping is caused by the take up reel, getting sluggish. Sometimes these are run off a belt, that becomes slack, replacing it could solve the problem, or it could be something else in the mechanism that's causing it.
There is another solution, particularly if the tape wasn't recorded on the machine that is playing it back. I haved used loads of different VCR's and I found that the tracking has never been set up right on any! This means that only the VCR it was recorded on generally gives the most correct playback.
Having said that it is possible to get a VCR with really good tracking. I have found that Panansonic VCR's have the best tracking. I currently have a NV-HS900 which can track just about everything, but you will only get one seconed-hand now.

Apr 07, 2010 | VCRs

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Sharp VC-A582 I need a little help adjusting the tracking on my VCR, model Sharp VC-A582. I just acquired this unit and did successfully watch one tape for hours, then must have touch a wrong button by...

I couldn't find anything on your VCR either. But from personal experience I know that a lot of manufacturers use the channel up/down buttons on the face of the VCR as tracking controls while a tape is running.

My suggestion is to start a tape and then press the channel up or down button on the frnt of the VCR for a few seconds and see if it adjusts the tracking.

Hope this helps you out.

Oct 03, 2009 | VCRs

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Picture rolls and the tracking is off.

do the heads need cleaning? sounds like the heads are seriously out of alignment? take off the vcr cover get a philip scrdrv. put tape in. and play. theres an AC head just to the right of the drumhead. jiggle it around gently. u may have to adjust those 3 screws (precison) to put it back in proper adjustmant. also take the tapes u used in that vcr. open the top flap and inspect. are there marks? is there a line going the bottom portion of the tape. if so , it definitely is out of alignment.

Aug 14, 2009 | Philips VCRs

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Panasonic Super Drive video recorder

there are three creases in the head , have you made sure those are cleard?

Oct 21, 2008 | Zenith VCS442 VHS VCR

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Does this happen on ALL tapes?

Depending on WHICH model VCR you have (old or new) SOME have a switch which will allow you to adjust tracking MANUALLY. When the switch is in the manual position, it won't track automatically. If some played with that switch, that could cause your problem.

ALSO, do you have a cleaning tape? If the control track head is dirty, it won't see the "control track" (which gives you VCR information to control the tracking.

Another possibility is one of the video heads (there's 2 or 4) is dirty, and without ENOUGH video signal coming off the heads, it's not possible to track properly.

Try running a cleaning tape through. If you've never done it, it might be time. Unless yu know about equipment I'd wouldn't suggest you open the machine and clean it yourself. Let me know how you make out.

Mar 16, 2008 | Sylvania 6260VF VCR

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Jumping screen on sylvania 6240ve

Press the Channel up & down buttons at the same time and on most VCRs this deactivates auto tracking option. then press the up or down channel button to adjust tracking.You might try this first. pressing them both at same time reactvates auto tracking. This might not solve the problem but at least you eliminated one possibility.

Nov 12, 2006 | Sylvania 6240VE VHS/S-VHS playback VCR

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