Join Date: Aug 2014
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Video playback mystery
Hello, I wondered if anyone can advise me on something I've experienced with a VCR - I suspect it's one of the components.
I've been using an AKAI VCR to transfer VHS tapes to DVD, and I was having a problem with the playback.
The sound was fine, no problem, but there were wavy coloured lines across the picture.
I took the VCR to a repair shop and they said the problem was the upper drum assembly was worn out.
The picture was fine if you pause the tape, but when you play it you get those wavy coloured lines.
They said they couldn't repair it because AKAI had stopped manufacturing the upper drum assembly.
I know that's understandable considering it's age.
However, some VCRs enable you to record music onto VHS tapes using composite audio inputs, so since the audio was fine, I thought of giving the VCR a new lease of life and connecting it to my stereo.
It came with surround sound speakers which I'd only briefly used, so I decided to make the most of them.
To set those speakers up you need to hook the VCR up to the TV and follow on-screen instructions which I did. Then I tried a pre recorded tape in the VCR....and it played no problem, it gave a perfect picture and sound with no sign of the fault I had before.
Since it came back from the repair place it's been lifted and moved around and tilted on it's side, so I'm guessing maybe the problem was a loose connection that has been moved back into place by the vibrations.
Does anyone know what could have caused the wavy coloured lines on the screen and why it's now working just fine?
I would really like to know.
I have already given my most favourite VHS recordings priority and transferred them to DVD by the way.