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I have a SONY Digital video recorder model #DCR-IP7 that junst started playing the tapes all choppy. It might need cleaning of something needs repail don't know.

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  • christianhes Sep 28, 2008

    When i replay my tapes on my camara it ia choppy and kinda skips like a cd player so i tried a 8 mm cleaning tape and it didn't work do i have to get it clean professionally and if so where

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You can try running an 8mm cleaning tape.

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

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