There appear to be two problems. First, when I play a VHS tape a blue screen comes up that says, "Hi Fi or Normal," then it stops playing and blinks back to the tv channels. Second, while playing a DVD through it, the picture goes from light to dark to light & then scrolls.
I do not have the owners manual. Any solutions will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
I don't recognize your first problem. The "light to dark" issue I believe is intentionally engineered (mine does it too); it prevents recording DVDs on to tape. Try running the DVD player directly to the TV. Radio Shack used to have a box that would correct this issue too, you might check there.
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You just have a dirty main video head. You can get a head cleaner tape or you can buy a tin of Servisol Video 40.
To clean with the Servisol, remove the top cover of the VCR. You will see a big shiny video head. Spray that head with the cleaner. You can also wipe it over with a cotton bud if it is very dirty. It's a good idea to clean all the surfaces that the video tape touches. If you don't know which, when you first take off the cover with the VCR on power, put a video tape in a press play then watch where the tape runs. Eject the tape, then clean with the spray and a cotton bud. You can even spray the cotton bud and then clean with that if you are not happy just spraying into the unit.
Make certain that the sprayed areas are dry before trying a video. It dries very quick anyway.
Normally the tracking control is on the remote control. Some models do use the up & down channel selectors on either the remote or the front panel of the VCR. If you don't have the remote, the best way to test if it is these controls on the front panel, is to start a video playing a hold down the up or down key and watch to see what happens. If they operate the tracking, the tracking should go way off (do it on a video that is tracking well when first playing).
PS don't forget to clean the video head every so often (Servisol video 40 spray is best for that).
Are these prerecorded tapes or ones that you recently recorded? Or are they all normal audio tapes?? Try a pre recored and turn off the HI fi audio and thats an easy thing to do as put it in normal and mono.. Get back to us so we can assit. Not enough info as could be 100 things.