On the VCR side of my player, the tracking suddenly stopped working. I unplugged & replugged to reset machine, but still have the same problem. Picture from video tapes jump & shake. Adjustable somewhat through the tracking control, but if I push it all the way to one end or the other (tracking), the TV loses signal.
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Hi Katie.. If you are using a coaxial cable to connect your TV and VCR, the TV needs to be tuned to channel 3 or 4. If you are using the Yellow, red and white cables, your TV should be on video mode to work.
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.
VCR tracking has to be set up right, but even then many machines have problems with tracking other vcr's tapes. Generally a good quality commercial tape should track well. If it doesn't then either there's a fault with the tracking on your machine or the tracking is not set up right. Most tracking problems are caused by dirt, or wear on the heads or surfaces. Give your VCR a good clean up, every surface the tape comes into contact with, using Servisol Video 40. If that doesn't solve it you might have to look into the cost of replacing heads, maybe the control/audio head first. Or you should look at having the tracking set up by a proffessional (at a JVC service center). However if the tracking was off, after resetting any tapes the machine has done, may now have problems tracking, whilst other machines tapes and commercial will track normal.
Well, it probably is not the tracking, but try to adjust it anyways. Most newer VCR's have auto adjust, but it won't hurt to try. Also, can you get into the menu settings? Maybe someone (a child) pressed the wrong video setting. If you can't get into the menu, look for a reset pinhole in the back, unplug it and reset it.
they made after some time VCR's with auto-tracking (digital controlled).
(exception:**IF you find some modern VCR's and have tracking: this control is pretty sure in the remote control or inside the menu**)
If you have problems as tracking point of view. (and not tracking in the remote control or any place else (menu) or front panel, etc
VCR needs a good maintenance. The sensor (control head) is dirty now. Or someone went inside the mechanism (I don't think so) and move something there. IN any sense the service is needed for this problem in VCR.
But if you mean the DVD
you need the technician to replace the pick up laser.
it should have auto tracking , but if you need to , then manual tracking settings will be arrows up / down , but your user manual should tell you how they set that up to work for manual , but sometimes even when you manualy set the tracking the auto tracking will take over again
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.