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My vcr dvd player plays tapes i have recorded but not

My vcr dvd player...

My vcr dvd player plays tapes i have recorded but not commercial movies

Technician's Assistant: Who makes your media player? How old is it?

Sony. I don't know how old.

Technician's Assistant: What have you tried so far with your Sony media player?

I have tried channel 1 and 2, and I have tried to change the tracking

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Pete
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What happens when you try to play the recorded tapes?

Does the tape play but nothing is shown on the display?

Can you hear any audio from the commercial tapes?

Do the commercial tapes work ok on a different system?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
They play fine for a few seconds and then the picture goes snowy for a few seconds, and then it repeats that cycle
I can hear the audio when the picture is clear
The tapes play fine on another vcr player

Ok, that sounds very like a head problem. Have you tried running a head cleaning tape in the player?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I have tried to clean the head with alcohol.. I also blew out the inside and cleaned all of the parts. Do I need to dispose of it or try to fix it. Parts are really scarce now.

If cleaning did not help at all then the head will need to be replaced, which is a difficult and expensive repair.

You can get another VCR/DVD player for less than $50 so that would be a more economical solution.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Polaroid-DVC-2000-DVD-VCR-VHS-Combo-Player-Recorder-Progressive-Scan-Tested/253477023311

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