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My Sanyo VHS doesn't track properly. When I put in a tape the picture keeps flipping (vertical), is there a vertical control somewhere inside the VHS to alleviate this problem?

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The tracking is off and you must adjust it manually. On older models there's a small rotary button/wheel that you turn either way to track correctly. On newer models there's an electronic system that tries to do this automatically. But since sometimes it fails you can help it by manually correcting the error: press the channel up or down till the image goes normal, from now on the system will keep it steady.

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