The first tape I tried was cassette 1 of Titanic (it's expendable). The second tape I tried was Home Alone. I played two more, all is well.
Put that first one back in, and this time around the automatic tracking couldn't handle it. So I tried Home Alone again. Same deal, and this time I attempted manual tracking but no position would clear it up.
Camcorder footage that played fine the first time:
What the hell?
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Have the tapes been scratched by the machine? I know the same happened to me, found a hunk of debris scratching my tapes on one of the guide bars. Ruin a couple of my old tapes. Made an obvious line on the physical tape.
Addition: I remember it played great the first time, while it was ruining my tapes. Second time gave me a line across the screen.
Also that soda commercial brings backs many memories.
Last edited by KarMa; 24th Nov 2015 at 18:25.
Do these tapes play fine in another VCR?
Ah, sometimes I believe there is no rhyme or reason when it comes to VHS and VCRs.
Sometimes a VCR reacts badly to one particular tape and it's in a "bad mood" after that whether with a select set of tapes, or every one of them. This has happened to me before, and I would have to open the VCR and manually clean it. This should fix it. And of course, I would never play that tape again in that VCR that upset it in the first place.
(Sometimes a tape cleaner can do it in some VCRs.)
I hate VHS. I always did.I hate VHS. I always did.
Resolution: the eBay seller agreed to cover the repair costs, so I didn't end up having to try a manual cleaning. The local place I took it to had it ready the day after I agreed to their estimate.
The invoice states: "repaired the tracking head mechanism, replaced tracking/audio head, realigned & bench tested."
Problem is solved.