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VCR Ruined, Could The Tape Be The Culprit  
User currently offlineAlitalia777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 495 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

Hello all,
Just after watching and rewinding a movie in my VCR, I went to play it again later and I had no picture. I could hear the sound, but the picture was scrambly, snow look. Kind of like it needed a cleaning but it was obvious that it was much more than that. The TV/VCR function still works, my satellite runs through the vcr, and that has not been affected, and the connections are proper. Can anyone tell me what might be going wrong, and is it possible to get an "infected' tape that screws up a VCR? And I also tried the tape in a friends VCR, and that did the same thing to his. Is there any fix?

Alitalia777

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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

The first thing I would do is eject that tape and try another one. If it does the same thing, then it's the machine and/or your connections that are to blame. If other tape(s) play fine, then the tape in question is the culprit.

I don't see how a tape can destroy a VCR. A bad tape can certainly get tangled up around the heads. Tape that has been left stored in a fast wind mode for a long time and/or exposed to high humidity and temperatures can and will decay eventually. Videotape is very, VERY thin, and when it gets brittle, it could make for a nasty mess that can usually only be corrected by opening the VCR and untangling the tape with tweezers. But once the tape is gone, the machine should stil function normally.


User currently offlineAlitalia777 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1889 times:

I find it odd too, but after playing the tape that and all other tapes do not play properly. It happened to not only my two, but also my friends VCR.

Alitalia777


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21495 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

If the coating of the tape is disintegrating, the heads may get covered by debris... If other tapes will play at a much worse quality than normal, the heads are probably dirty.

Newer VCRs often have an automatic head cleaning mechanism, so the problem might improve again on its own, but it may be necessary to have a technician look at the heads and clean them by hand.


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

Wow....that's the first I've ever heard of one tape knocking out two VCR's at once, in totally separate locations. And you checked all the settings and connections? You'd be amazed at how many people I've encountered over the years who swore up and down that everything was "right and just the way they left it" only for me to discover that the TV had been changed to channel 2 or 4 or something like that; someone had inadvertantly hit the change channel button on the remote.

That's where I'd start. It sounds lame, but you know how troubleshooting goes: process of elimination.

Now as for your friends VCR, I give up.

Perhaps a flying saucer was in the area. They are known for emitting those powerful but erratic magnetic fields that can wreak havoc on your TV...


User currently offlineJAL777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

What is this thing you call a "V.C.R." ?????????  Confused







 Big grin


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1876 times:

Vermicelli, Cabbage, and Rutabagas.

User currently offlineDavid b. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1871 times:

Do yourself a favor and get yourself a DVD  Big thumbs up


Teenage-know-it-alls should be shot on sight
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

How do you think I feel?

I have a computer, a DVD player. I want a digital camera, but prefer 35MM. I love CD's, but still prefer listening to my music on reel to reel tapes. But for the car, I listen to CD's that I made on my CD-R unit, which is on the shelf right below the reel to reel machine.

Go figure.


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