Used a wet VHS cleaner and now my VCR doesn't work right. Help!!
My VHS unit played my video tapes great up until I cleaned it this morning with a new wet VHS cleaning cassette. It was probably last cleaned 3 or 4 years ago. Since being cleaned this AM, the drum squeals, the tapes play erratically and have a lot of "video noise". Frequently a tape starts to play, then stops, the drum continues to turn, and the VCR has become noisy on FF and REW. When scanning, the picture is good and without noise. Also, occasionally, it will not FF or rew, but the drum spins (rather noisily) and then the VCR shuts off. It does this with commercial pre recorded tapes also. I've 3 other VCR's which work well with commercially recorded tapes, but have noise, especially at the bottom of the picture (which won't track adjust out). This Proscan is the only one which plays my old tapes well. Just purchased a DVD recorder and am copying many of my VHS tapes to DVD. And I've a couple of hundred to convert to DVD. This Proscan is the only one which plays my old tapes well enough to burn to DVD. Help please.
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You can usually apply a couple of drops on the tape itself as it will not harm. The tape itself might have a hole located on the cassette itself close to the see through cover. We normal tell people to drop a couple of drops into the tape area
Try opening the front hatch of the tape by pressing the small, square button on the right or left (short) side of the tape. Check the black tape inside for any marks, dirt, scratches, tears, etc. If the tape is fine then your unit needs to be cleaned with a tape cleaner available at any electronics specialty or retail store. Good luck to you!
try cleaning the cylender head of your vcr you can do that by opening the unit or buying vhs vcr casset cleaner....
ps : check if you have to switch between tv and vcr via remote , and when you insert the vhs tape you are able to rew and frw and press play normally...if these are ok usually its a little dirt onthe cylender head....hope this helps...
You probably used too much "wet" cleaner on the tape which caused the
heads to get fouled. You could try running the wet cleaner through again but use a little less solution than recommended. Failing that you could have the mechanism out of alignment which will require professional help to repair.
Hey there, Here are some ideas; I would clean it one more time to make sure that its nice and clean try playing a different tape on your VCR and check the channel on your VCR, and thats if you are using a channel 3 or 4 on your VCR, concur with each other. Meaning if you have Channel 3 on your TV you should have Channel 3 on your VCR. Thats a really old method. If you use a coxial cable unplug it and replug it in again sometimes there is no contact at one of the ends therefore disconnecting or connecting it again would help. Just see if that works and usually that was the problem when i use to have problems with my VCR. Let me know if that works out for you alright.
I have found that just cleaning the head with the tape cleaner (the wet one works best) I have to clean it at least 4 or 5 times in a row sometimes before the picture will come back on. I bet that'll work for you.
On some of the DVD/VCR combo units, the VCR output is only available through the RF jack (channel 3), standard video
(yellow) RCA jack and S-VIDEO jack. If you are using the Component
jacks, the DVD side will work but the VCR will not. This is because
the quality of video recorded on VHS tapes is so much lower than
component quality video. Thank you for rating this solution.