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Gray Bars When I try to watch a tape, I get large gray bars located across the screen.

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Yes, it is super annoying to have those stupid gray bars. And they stay on during capturing.

As suggested by someone else here, I forwarded a few times with a tape. I didn't even use a blank one but one I had only used one. I forwarded it once for a little while and rewound and forwarded it a little bit and it worked. I got rid of the gray stripes.

It seems to happen if you haven,t used the camera in a while and after it has been stored during the summer.


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"As a first step towards resolving your issue, we suggest that you
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