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4-5 Grey Lines appearing in the Playback Mode when playing tape

I notice 4-5 Grey Lines appearing in the Playback Mode when playing tape spaced equally horizantally in the initial 10 mins of the Playback mode. After that the lines slowly vanishes in the form of small square color boxes and the vision is clear.

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  • whipple Nov 01, 2007

    I have the same problem. Have seen other boards on the internet where people say they have the same problem, but nobody replies with an answer. I really don't want to call tech support and deal with someone from india asking me a thousand questions before they can help.

  • throwbax Jan 21, 2008

    I have the same problem with a sony trv22 mini dv handycam, sometimes it goes away so times it doesn't,.. I noticed it when the camera itself is cold, I might try to take it in to a sony store and have it cleaned.

    Let me know if anyone else has a better solution??

    Thank You

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    grey lines in playback but ok in another camcorder

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Anonymous

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.

Posted on Dec 08, 2007

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