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Windows 7: VHS Problem

19 Sep 2010   #1
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 
VHS Problem

Hello guys,

Our old VHS will not display picture or sound when you press the play button. I have checked all the wires and make sure that SCART cable is plugged in correctly. It will switch to the right video channel, just won't show picture etc. Any ideas, folks?

BTW, This VHS is over 10 years old.
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19 Sep 2010   #2
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

ts so very long ago when i had a video player, have you cleaned the heads
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19 Sep 2010   #3
z3r010

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Love Windows 7 View Post
Hello guys,

Our old VHS will not display picture or sound when you press the play button. I have checked all the wires and make sure that SCART cable is plugged in correctly. It will switch to the right video channel, just won't show picture etc. Any ideas, folks?

BTW, This VHS is over 10 years old.

Yeah, it's a desperate cry from the appliance to join the rest of his kind at the local rubbish tip.
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19 Sep 2010   #4
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 

I tried all of that (clean heads and try different videos), still no difference,
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19 Sep 2010   #5
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Other than trying another VHS player, are you sure the tape is still good?

I think it may be time for an upgrade to DVD.
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19 Sep 2010   #6
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Love Windows 7 View Post
Hello guys,

Our old VHS will not display picture or sound when you press the play button. I have checked all the wires and make sure that SCART cable is plugged in correctly. It will switch to the right video channel, just won't show picture etc. Any ideas, folks?

BTW, This VHS is over 10 years old.
When you press "Fast Forward" can you hear the motor spin? When you press "Play" do you hear any "whirring" sound at all? I'm thinking that if you haven't used the machine for some time the control may be "sticky" A humid atmosphere will cause this and living near the sea as you do could be the cause!
All your tapes have been wound back, of course??????
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19 Sep 2010   #7
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 

Yes I can still hear it and I have tried several tapes.
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19 Sep 2010   #8
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

How about getting on of those that can convert VHS to DVD's.
That way you can save all those movies in smaller compact place? IMO
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19 Sep 2010   #9
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Chances are, that given its age, the heads are worn out.
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19 Sep 2010   #10
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Love Windows 7 View Post
Yes I can still hear it and I have tried several tapes.
Then I an only conclude that the tape heads are duff! They can be replaced but the cost will probably be prohibitive. I would think to convert to DVD would be your best bet. Mind you , you will need a usable VHS machine or old VHS camcorder to achieve that! You can get them done commercially for about a tenner each. If you haven't got many this might be th cheapest way!
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