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This vcr alternates between 8 seconds of perfect video and 8 seconds of total snow. Any ideas?

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I'm sorry, but I don't have any schmatics of your vcr. The control chip is normally the one hooked directly to the head motor. It is replaceable if you can locate the part ( some vcr [parts are obsolute). Good Luck with your project
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Mills, Wyoming

Posted on Jan 30, 2008

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You may have a problem in the power supply. Also I have come across similiar problem relating to the Head Control chip being bad.
I hope this has helped
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Posted on Jan 29, 2008

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