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When I try to replay my tapes there are thick, grey lines on the screen. Help!!!!!

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This is one of a few things either one the formatting on your tapes and camera are diffrent which causes the thick gray lines because they are not compatable or two the tapes are bad and the either if there disks are laser burned or if they are tapes they are smudged either way try this buy some new tapes and go into your formatting settings and see if they match that which the tapes run on

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