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Old 7th April 2002, 02:59 PM   #1
Vivek is offline Vivek  India
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Hi all,
I have a VCR that is acting funny. The audio can be heard but there is no video.
I did not know what to do and finally called a technician. He says that the video head is shot.
Is he right or is there anything I could try?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 8th April 2002, 05:18 AM   #2
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There are several possibilities for no video outout........ and there is something pretty easy that you can try first.

I'm assuming you're getting a snowy pictures. What you do is use a small piece of writting paper and place it flat against the video drum and spin the video drum a couple times ......... what you're basically doing is cleaning the tiny video head that's attached to the drum ........ be very careful when you're spinning the drum or else you might just break off the video head ........

If after doing that a couple times, it does not clear up the pictures, defective video head is a possibility. But of course, it could also be due to other mechanical or electrical problems.
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Old 8th April 2002, 05:51 AM   #3
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Vivek

Was the vcr working ok before this. Good picture ?
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Old 8th April 2002, 12:24 PM   #4
Vivek is offline Vivek  India
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First, the power cord insulation had broken off and was causing a loose contact. I replaced the power cord, but now there is absolutely no video. The audio can be heard.
I even cleaned the drum and tried different tapes. Nothing seems to work.There is no video from then onwards.
As I said, the technician says the video head is gone. You guys know how some of them can take you for a ride. I was hoping I could try something before asking him to replace the head.
Cheers.
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Old 8th April 2002, 01:15 PM   #5
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Try doing a recording on your vcr and play back on another machine. If the recording is good the heads are ok.
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Old 8th April 2002, 01:59 PM   #6
fcel is offline fcel  United States
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Vivek,
What has bad power cable got to do with no video output? Did you drop the VCR? Could you expalin a little bit on what you did or what happened before the video went out? Are you getting a snowy picture, blue screen or just a blank screen now?
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Old 8th April 2002, 03:01 PM   #7
Vivek is offline Vivek  India
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I did nothing at all. It was working fine before it was lying idle for a few months. The only thing I did was replace the power cord. But, I understand that the replacement of the power cord has nothing to do with the video head.
I am getting only grain kind of thing on the screen. If I play a cassette and try to tune the TV, the TV is not able to tune to the signal.
Do you guys think I used too much pressure while cleaning the head resulting in the damage.

Richard,
I will try out what you suggested.
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Old 8th April 2002, 03:23 PM   #8
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It sounds like you you were not able to lock on to Channel 3 (here in US) & thus were not able to get a clear signal. How about try the video line out of the VCR. Or hook up the VCR to another TV & try both the video line out and RF signal.
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