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Older VHS tapes play 'sped up' on S-VHS

Older tapes (not ancient, but taped on our prior machine) seem to play at a high speed when inserted and set to play - why is this?

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  • judyschmid Jan 28, 2008

    heads have been cleaned - we'll keep trying - thanks!

  • deltadoc Dec 01, 2008

    I bought a JVC HR-S3901/3911U VCR on EBay in July, 2008 used. It worked on my pre-recorded EP tapes made on other VCRs over the last 20 years just fine. About 20 hours of great playback, suddenly my EP tapes would speed up (both video and audio). I found I could hit FF for a few seconds and then hit Play and it would return to normal for about 15-20 seconds, and then lots of horizontal lines starting appearing on the TV screen until, the picture and audio both disappeared and all I had was the TV"s default blue screen. Then a few seconds later the video and audio returned only to repeat the problem in another 15-20 seconds. Haven't found any user accessible adjustments help (calibration, stabilization, tracking, etc.). The problem just started happening out of nowhere. THe last tape I played played fine, now all of my EP tapes do the same thing!




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A couple of possibilities: 1. One of the machines had a audio & tracking head alignment problem. If memory serves, tracking pulses are recorded on the bottom edge of the tape, and if one machine's head is slightly off, then these pulses aren't being picked up.

2. Do both machines have 3 play/record speeds? Many machines had SP, EP, & LP. Some didn't have EP, and if your older tapes were recorded in EP, perhaps this would cause your problem.

Both of these possibilities might be way out in left field.

Perhaps you could have a friend try your old tapes in their machine- in short, narrow down the defect. Is it the older VCR and it's recordings, or is it some goofy problem on the new one.

Lastly, you might check the audio/tracking head- see if it needs cleaning. This head is just to the right of the rotating video drum assembly.

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