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Sony Analog Camcorder quit playing the tape. The motor runs, but the screen is blank

Sony Analog Camcorder quit playing the tape.  The motor runs, but the screen is blank. Is this a dirty head problem? How do I clean the Heads? Do you sell the Hi 8 cleaning tape cartridge? Please advise

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    Sony Analog Camcorder quit playing the tape.  The motor runs, but the screen is blank. Is this a dirty head problem? How do I clean the Heads? 

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Hi dear

just using a tape cleanr hi-8

after that record your video using a tape cleaner, it's about $5 usd

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