Suddenly we are not able to play our VHS tapes - the sound is fine, but the picture fluctuates on for a second, off for a second. Tried adjusting the tracking. Tried new cables. Even bought a brand new VCR player. Still having the problem. Using commercially recorded VHS tapes (Disney for example) that have not been overplayed/abused. Any suggestions for what I might try next? BTW - the unit also has a DVD player that works just fine so I know it's plugged in correctly. Thanks!
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Did you try connecting the VCR to a different TV?
Try a different video monitor.
Grab a non-commercial tape and see if it still happens.
If no then 1. if yes then 2
1: Tape degradation ... unit being tripped by macrovision and unable to keep signal sync when play back of vhs commercial source
2: Issue with display unit or the current input sockets from source device
I have seen similar happen when people get the cables crossed over ... video wave in and out caused by bad input socket or circuit on display.