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No playback I used to have blue lines on the playback but cleaned the camera. The tape would begin with blue squares all over the picture but after about 15 or so seconds, they would go away and the picture was fine. Now, a tape won't playback at all. It will fast forward and rewind but I don't get anything but a blue screen when I press Play. I hear a whine coming from the camera but no sound like the tape is moving. Can you help

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Even though my husband cleaned the head with a q-tip and alcohol, I decided to purchase a cleaning tape. I popped it in and it worked in less than 15 seconds! It was expensive, $18, but not nearly expensive as a new camera!

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