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Robert Bayona Posted on Jul 02, 2006
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Lines in tape playback

I get lines and squares in the tape playback

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  • Anonymous Jul 24, 2008

    How do you go about adjusting the tape track?

  • Anonymous Jul 24, 2008

    I'm having the same problem, how do you go about adjusting the tape tracking? I've cleaned the heads several times.

  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    My lines are thick and gray and are not fuzzy - very crisp/straight and deliberate, and the tape goes fast & then slow, skips over parts.
    This started after I took a previous tape out without stopping it first (I was quickly flipping through tapes to see what was on each one & was a little hasty in switching it out).

  • tiav Dec 28, 2008

    I have the same straight no fuzzy lines.  I will try cleaning it since I know that has not been done yet.  Thanks!

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    there are grey bars on playback screen

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Someone here recommended taping with the lense cap on in a quiet room for 5-10 minutes. When I played it back, no more skipping or gray lines. This worked for me!!!!

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Hi there

Ok here Goes this is what i did and according to sony this does work

Turn the Cam Off

Take battery out

Turn camera to on for at least a minute

Turn camera to off for at least a minute

Place Battery back in

There we go

My Problem

5 grey lines across the playback screen

now no lines

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I was gonna say the exact same thing, video that looks like its got fuzzy lines and "squares" means the heads dirty. I bought a head cleaning tape and never had a problem since

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Get a good tape head cleaner and clean the heads several times. If that doesn't do it, it'll need a tape track adjustment.

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Would a different head cleaner work? I previously used a panasonic. I tried it 4 or 5 times and it still is doing the same thing.

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SOURCE: Horizontal grey lines on tape playback

please state the age of your devices. It can help a great lot in solving your problems. The lines that you get aren't continuous, are they? They appear to be going up and down, are different sizes and shift as the tape plays, yes? well, this is simple. You need to clean your recording head.

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I own a Panasonic 3ccd nvgs mini dv i was shooting some footage...tape got horizontal lines on it... i really really need that tape... can it be fixed?...thx a milion

Sounds like dirty heads .
If the lines are recorded onto the tape, probaly not.
Try a head cleaning tape in the camera or use another playback device.
If the lines are recorded onto the tape then track down someone with a TBC (timebase corrector) and pipe the signal through that and record to another tape.
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Recording playback has lines through it.

try with head cleaner tape 2 or 3 times mostly it works if not change video head assembly
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Grey lines during playback.

Hi,
Camcorder video head required cleaning because gray lines come in playback when video head got clogged/ dirty.
Put video head cleaning tape and playback it as per instructions.
hope this will help you.
Thanks.

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Horizontal grey lines on tape playback

please state the age of your devices. It can help a great lot in solving your problems. The lines that you get aren't continuous, are they? They appear to be going up and down, are different sizes and shift as the tape plays, yes? well, this is simple. You need to clean your recording head.
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Blue lines appear across screen during video playback.

Hi,

thank you for choosing Fixya.com.

it seems that some parts in your Cam are Dirty.
please try to use the head cleaner disk first.
let me know if any changes happen.

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Connections for a Grundig reel to reel tape recorder

Grundig TK23
Inputs at rear of machine. From Left to right.

Circle with line underneath. (Micro socket) - microphone, mixer (Grundig 607), telephone adapter.

Square with line on top - Radio input/Output. Record/playback radio. Record records if player is connected to radio for playback via a 3-pole amplifier unit. Re-recording to a second tape recorder. Connection to a Grundig Stereo-Mixer 608.

Reversed Q - Phono Input. Connection to a record player or a second tape recorder. (for re-recording records or tapes)

Squiggly lines - Outputs. - Connection to external speakers. Grundig Stereo Box. Connection to an additional amplifier (Grundig 229) for synchronous recording.

Square with line at right. - Earphones.

Loudspeaker switch - (At bottom) - In the "0" position, the internal speakers are shut off.
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Lines across screen on playback.

A Q-tip should never be used to clean a video head.  Unfortunately they can pull the tiny head out of alignment.  I believe this is your problem and the repaid may be more costly than a new purchase.
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Black lines on playback no playback

hi, if you have stuck the head cleaner in and this has not removed the black lines then the head might either need a thorough clean or may be damaged.
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No playback

Even though my husband cleaned the head with a q-tip and alcohol, I decided to purchase a cleaning tape. I popped it in and it worked in less than 15 seconds! It was expensive, $18, but not nearly expensive as a new camera!
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4-5 Grey Lines appearing in the Playback Mode when playing tape

I have the same problem happening and can't find a straight answer. Some posts are leading me to believe that it may be dirty heads, and that the camera needs cleaning.
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