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I have tried to watch a tape on my handycam but there are grey lines running across the viewing screen! why??

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Thats it your head drum is dirty and need to be clean
you can try a cleanning tape or maked cleaned by a tech
or you can do it your self if you know how to do it
hope that will help
regards Alan

Posted on Oct 17, 2010

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