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Picture Problems Just recently my VHS has started acting up. I'll put in a video (new, old...doesn't matter what tape) and the sound will come through clear as a bell, but the top half of the picture is snow. The snow occasionally moves down to cover the screen, but the the funny thing is, when I rewind or fast forward the video, I can see the picture clearly but as soon as I hit play, the snow appears again. I've hit the tracking buttons on the front of the VHS, but am not sure if they're even working since nothing changes. Any ideas?

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Dirty video is the first place to look. Use of a lint free cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol, or electronic cleaner (Chemtronics electrowash or similiar). Rotate the video head a few times around past the moistened cloth. I don't recommend cotton swabs (a foam swab is safer) for this, as a tiny piece of cotton can get caught on the head, and essentially cause the problem you are trying to fix. Lastly, an excessively worn head will cause this too.

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Yes, this is a problem of dirty or clogged video heads. I advice using a good Wet Type cleaning cassette.

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This is a tracking problem...try cleaning the entire tape path with alcohol swabs (open top cover), especially the pinch roller

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