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Old tapes won't play in different Handycam

My Sony TRV740 Handycam died and I bought a cheap TRV608 on ebay so I could play my old Hi8 tapes into my computer and get them onto DVDs. But the TRV608 won't play any of the older tapes, just fuzz and some noise. However, it does record video and sound nicely using those same tapes, so the record and playback functions work fine.
I found a similar question on another website with the following response. Does this sound like my problem? ----

"These cameras had a common problem with the tape guides. The guides immediately before and after the video head have a tiny allen key set screw near the bottom which loosens, then the guide moves out of alignment one way when the tape is moving forward, and the other way when it's moving in reverse.
Aligning the guides is a complex process. It involves playing back an alignment tape while connecting an oscilloscope to a test point on the circuit board. The point is in a different place on each camera.
The problem is that if any tapes were recorded while the machine was OUT of alignment, they will no longer play when the machine IS properly aligned"


Me again-- If my tapes were recorded on my now-dead Handycam with the tape guides misaligned, am I stuck?
Is there anyway I can get them played



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Were your tapes recorded in extended play? Sometimes that will make it impossible for a different tape deck to play it back correctly. The tolerences on Hi-8 are very small so it is possible that a tiny alignment difference will make it impossible to play back a pre-recorded tape. Try fast forwording and rewinding the tape and try it again. Also try playing it from different parts of the tape. Go to the middle of the tape and try it there.

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I found if you hit the camera (tap it lightly to moderately hard) it shakes the head or tape into alignment and the head then continues to stay into alignment generally. I read this works for older models of sony cams but decided to give it a try with this newer model and it appears to have worked.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014

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