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Tape won't play

Every so often the word "DEW" appears in the lower left hand corner of the screen and when this happens the VCR tape will not play; fast forward or rewind. Does anyone know what this DEW represents and how I can get it off? The past few times after a while it just disappeared after a while and then the tape works fine.

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Moisture from the air has condensed into the VCR; the fact that it disappears after a while confirms it. You can check your manual. however my VCR's manual recommended leaving the unit plugged in and on for 2-3 hours until the unit dried itself out before trying to play a tape. I'd guess you are dealing with really humid air in your area. Air conditioning or a dehumidifier would reduce the humidity in the room with the VCR and prevent the issue in the future. (A dehumidifier will increase the room temperature, though.)

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Hi hwgs,

The "DEW" warning appears if a VHS player or recorder has built up humidity. This, much like dew found on the grass on a cool morning, is the result of condensation building up, ususally after a temperature change. Once the moisture has evaporated the unit should work properly.

Be sure to keep your TV away from sources of humidity, such as a window or a bathroom/kitchen door. Also, make sure it is in a climate-controlled room away from drafts so the temperature does not change rapidly.

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Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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