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Losing picture while playing back 8 mm (analog) tapes

While playing back 8 mm (analog) tapes to convert to digital after some period of time, picture will get vertical lines and become blurry then eventually will be lost with screen going to blue. I purchased this camcorder (used) strictly for this function. I was told the camcorder only had limited usage (only a few hours) and based on appearance of unit, that would appear to be true however I don't know that for certain. The first two tapes (which are almost 15 years old) I converted worked perfectly. The third tape (same age) started experiencing this problem. I thought it might have been the tape however the next two tapes I tried experience the same problem so I now think it is something with the camcorder rather than the tape. I have checked out the CCD issue mentioned in this post and performed the troubleshooting tips mentioned on Sony's website. I still can record using this machine and get video and audio so I'm not sure it is the CCD unit based on the results of the troubleshooting test. Stopping the playback and then resuming play will cause the unit to function normally for some period of time (10-20 minutes...more or less) and then the problem will repeat itself. Any thoughts? Additionally, I was searching for a head cleaner (it is difficult to find the recommended Sony product after all this time) and was wondering if anyone could provide any good recommendations for that as well.
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Hi there. Mine did the exact same thing for a few uses, then my playback screen went blue. You can see the menu, but the counter does not advance. I believe you are headed for the same situation.

Ask "Rifaa" for a solution. I read another post where "Rifaa" answered that the problem is a dirty tracking head, and there is a simple do-it-yourself solution to clean it.

Good Luck,
Sunny

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