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Blue Screen or Pixelated on Playback

I have a blue screen or pixelated/distortated playback. I have tried a head cleaning cassette. It seemed to work, but within a few minutes after cleaning it returned to its original state. I tried the head cleaning cassette again but I have not seen further improvement. Is it possible to clean the head myself? Or could it be a different problem?

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Check Canon's Website. There's a known problem with video chip on several different models...including zr80...a loose connector from the CCD.

I know what I'm talking about because I just got one fixed...for FREE.

Posted on Sep 09, 2008

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