Question about RCA Televison & Video
Hi the problem your having could be down to one of a couple of things.
first of all was the vcr working properly before you had this problem or has the vcr not been used for a while.
also have you tried playing a tape that you have not recorder yourself such as a film if you havent then give it a try and see what happens,
now here are the most likely cause of the problem you are having.
1. the tape you are using could have been used more times than it should and it could now be no longer any good to record on, so trying another tape would rule out this problem.
2. if a tape such as a film you bought from a shop plays perfect and the sound is perfect then this would indicate a problem with the tape your trying to record on or possibly a damaged recording head.
3. if all tapes on play back is bad then this points towards dirty head and cleaning it should solve the problem. Now to clean the head you have a couple of options, you could go out and buy a decent vcr head cleaning tape kit these you should be able to buy from most hardware stores, how ever these tend not to work most of the time and can cause the problem to get worse.
now the other option you have is to clean the head yourself, doing this will still not ensure it will work properly after as damage may have been caused to the head.
If you are ok with taking things apart and have basic skills for doing this then cleaning the head is something you can do yourself, if you are going to do this yourself then make sure you dont have the vcr plugged in whilst doing this as you can give yourself a nasty shock and cause harm to you and others around you.
Cleaning the head is no guarantee it will get it working as it was due to the fact that the head may need replacing.
The main reasons the head gets dirty or damaged is down to either dust if the vcr has been sitting for weeks without being used or if you have put a tape in that had been chewed up before or the tape may have had something sticky on it that has been transfered to the recording head.
Now below is a great guide for self cleaning of the head, but first of all let me explain about the head, once you have the vcr's outer case of you will notice the head its a big shiny wheel towards the back of the vcr where the tapes go in, now this head is what spins round as you rec or watch a tape so any dust or dirt or sticky stuff on here will cause the vcr not to play or rec properly or not at all, now when you look at the head it should be perfectly clean and shiny with no marks on it what so ever, apart for yours that is yours may have dust on it or a sticky patch,
now never touch the sides of the head that run along the tape with your fingers as you can and will damage it, when your cleaning the head you need to spin it slowly so you can hold the cleaning pad still and let the head turn and clean that way.
never rub the head with a cleaning bud as you will damage it, never move the cleaning pad or bud up and down whilst you are turning the head this will damage it beyond repair, when cleaning you hold the pad with the cleaning fluid on against the head flat so as your putting a small amount of pressure along the whole height of the pad from top to bottom no keep the cleaning pad still and then spin the head with your finger using the rim running along the top, doing this will ensure no damage is done, once you have done this you can spin it with your finger without the pad their to check for any sticky marks or dust or dirt, you need to get it perfectly clean so that their are no marks on it at all.
READ THE GUIDE BELOW FOR CLEANING
let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok, if you follow the guide you should find your vcr will be back up and running as if it was new
Posted on May 05, 2010
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Dec 06, 2012 | Sony Televison & Video
Sounds like a little sand and / or moisture made it's way into the camera. A call to the Sony Company Tech Support will let you know if one of the canned compressed air cleaners for computers would be advisable.
Another thought is to check if there is something in or near the hinge of the tape hatch apparatus. Sometimes I take one of those electronics foam "Q-Tips" and wipe out the area in case a piece of dust or fuzz or something is causing a malfunction.
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