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Canon MVX20i Whan playing back, all I get is a blue screen and the counter doesn't tick over. I know there is content on the tape, but nothing comes up. I have tried the same through firewire and the same problem comes up. Had the same problem 3 months ago, the repair shop said it was dirty heads. I would rather fix the problem myself this time. Please help John

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I would agree from the description of your problem that you probably have dirty heads. Do you have sound? If so the video drum is clogged. Do you use the same tapes over and over? If you do that is your problem. The tapes are bent very tightly around the tape guides etc and over time the oxide loosens and allows a buildup on the heads. If the tapes are used continuously it happens faster as time goes on. You should only use a tape for several passes and get a new one. They were not meant to record over and over as is done. I could explain the proper technique for head cleaning but if you go to this website the process is outlined in an easy to understand manner and it has pictures. Follow the procedure and get some new tapes. Good luck.

Posted on Jul 24, 2006


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I am experiencing a problem with playback. A few times I have tried to play the tape to capture and the counter will not work and the screen stays blue?? I used the head cleaner on it and it played...

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Its on vcr mode but it wont play, itjust stays at blue screen and i know that there is film on it.

You may be watching blank tape.
Is the timecode counter moving when you have it displayed?

Unit does not record. The counter & LCD screen are on. The motor is driving the tape. When played back there is nothing on the screen. There is nothing on the viewfinder either.

Tape heads may be dirty; run a cleaning tape through as per the instructions. If the tape heads are damaged/worn-out then the drum will need replacing.

Camera won't playback or record poss damaged heads

I think your problem is in the analog to digital converters. They seem to not be working, It is probably cheaper to buy a new camera rather than fixing yours.

VHS tape won't play or rewind

I work at the History Channel and have  a VHS that had the same troubles. I need it desperately for the show I am working on. I tapped it on a table fast forwarded it and presto! Tape fixed, crisis averted. Thank you, Thank you, thank you.

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Possibly the tape is wound too tight and is not actually playing when in play mode.
Also, tapes can be accidentally erased. If it is placed on a speaker or other magnetized surface it will erase itsself. The magnet draws something out of it.
I'm not sure exactly how it works but I know it happens.
Don't give up just yet. Check with your local video rental store... maybe they know a trick that will help you.

Good Luck :)

No Picture, sound or anything during playback...

cleaning cassette may help - if the picture comes back but soon goes blue screen ? your heads need thorough cleaning or replacement ;

No picture during playback

Only thing I can think is the tape may be blank. :) GOOD LUCK
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