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Hi8 mp tape in sony hi8 camera

I have some tapes from about 7 years ago that I try to play back on my camera but all I get is snow and a blue screen. But I record something now on the same tape and I can play it back. Any ideas?

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    I have the same problem. I am so upset because that is the reason I bought it for compatibility.

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Hey, Ive had a Sony hi8 digital handycam for about 7 years that has worked great and still appears to do everything except that when you play the tape, the LCD stays blue. The tape moves, fast forwards,...


This is usually caused by an oxidized or defective Audio/Video drum. You can try running a cleaning tape through the camera. If this does not solve the problem the camera will need to be serviced by a qualified service technician.


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Blue screen on lcd screen


The playback head is probably dirty and cannot show the picture - the screen is blue. Run a blank tape in the tape drive and execute a record all the way through the tape. Then play back a pre-recorded tape to verify it plays back ok.

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What can we do if the video tapes being played have Snow and try to play the video player with cleaner, we have to turn on and off. It automatically lose control.


Head cleaner tape for vcr just dry scrubs the rotating head for a short time. Remove it to check playback performance, to see if head is clean. If good, then record some program and see if snow is gone. some tape maybe recorded when the head is dirty, lots of snow. Some tape may have improvement if tape is run over knife edge to hone the magnetic surface, US patent granted years ago to reduce computer tape noise.

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Try to run cleaning tape, it may solve your problem.

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first leave your camcorder with the cassete draw open in a warm room for 24 hrs.
then, use a brand new cassette & re try.
if you get the condensation message, it means the unit has detected moisture on the heads, the unit will not operate... hence your problems.

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Clean the read write heads - if it has been stored with a tape in it, then the tape could have left a deposit on the heads.

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the head may be dirty, try cleaning the head with a cleaner tape and try recording again.

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I've had mine for about 3 years and just last year it started giving me playback problems....the screen would have blue stripes across it and sound won't play. I could usually fix it by rewinding and playing again...but it's not correcting itself right now... I hope I didn't waste 60000 yen on this c_c;

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You MAY just have a dirty playback head. Purchase a head cleaning tape (Bestbuy, Target, etc., for about $20) and try cleaning your playback head. Colored lines is ONE symptom of a dirty head. A blue screen is ANOTHER. I had that symptom yesterday (9/7/07), got a cleaning tape and solved the problem. I can now again see on the LCD display what I recorded on the tape. Good luck.

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