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Andrew Woo Posted on Jul 10, 2007
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Flashing I have a VC-H982 that keeps flashing between the movie and the blue screen. on the VCR is tape speed keeps changing from SP to EP.the sound is really messed up too. I think I may have hit a button or something. If anybody has any suggestions please let me know. Thanks.

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One possibility is the tracking/audio head is dirty. Remove top cover of VCR, this head sits just to the right of the rotating video head. Use a cotton swab moistened with rubbing alcohol, or other video head cleaner and clean this head, especially the lower edge, as the tracking info is recorded along the lower edge of the tape (if memory serves). Another possibility is a problem with tape travel past this head. If the tape is lifting or moving up or down, even slightly as it passes this head, tracking will be lost, hence your blue screen & bad audio. This could be observed by playing a tape with the VCR cover off.

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Hi, Try push (Menu) button on VCR Recorder to see Tape speed. Then follow instructions on TV to change speed of tape........Crazyred94
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hi sir
the speed in EP is differ from sp ,EP it is much slow then all quality would be less cause you are using less magnetic particles on the tape so here are many reasons for bad recording
first may be you have to clean video heads
or ,you have to clean the path of the tape in the recorder there are some metal guides that turnes with the tape to get it rounds the heads they may be dirty
or clean the capstain pinch roller and its metal roller that makes it run ( the capstain roller )
or you should have new heasd drum sir
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