I think the VHS side of my VHS/DVD player is defective

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psycopathicteen
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I think the VHS side of my VHS/DVD player is defective

Post by psycopathicteen » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:53 am

I usually use it to play DVDs, but this weekend I decided to get out my old VHS tapes. I popped in a Wizard of Oz VHS tape from 1999 and the picture is fuzzy and grainy. I adjust the tracking, and the picture improved but the sound went away. I tried several other VHS tapes but they had the same problem. If I adjust the picture I lose sound, if I adjust the sound I lose picture quality. My guess is that my VCR is decoding audio at the wrong frequency.

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Re: I think the VHS side of my VHS/DVD player is defective

Post by Oziphantom » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:33 am

You've tried cleaning the heads? Normally helps with grainy picture.

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Re: I think the VHS side of my VHS/DVD player is defective

Post by tokumaru » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:33 am

And be sure to inspect the tapes carefully before inserting them into the VCR, because old tapes can often get moldy.

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Re: I think the VHS side of my VHS/DVD player is defective

Post by Great Hierophant » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:42 pm

Also, make sure the tape advancing mechanism is working properly. The capstans and the pinch rollers should be keeping the tape taut as it travels across the read heads.

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