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Charlie
Thursday 22nd July 2004
10:11 pm U.K.

betaman50@yahoo.com

To Paul McIntyre-- I've had the same problem with the picture disappearing and the tape counter not working.If you take the top off your 900 and with a flashlight look at the tape as it's being pulled by the pinch roller and capstan shaft. The tape should be nice and straight going in and coming out. You will probably see your pinch roller is deflecting the tape away from the ACE head.You need to replace your pinch roller (very cheap) and your problem will be solved.I bought a SL-HF-400 off of a guy on e-bay 4 years ago who in his discription said it wouldn't play L-750 tapes but would play L500's.Having seen this problem on Sony Beta's before I knew what the problem was. I got the 400 cheap and replaced the cupped pinch roller---- problem solved! I've seen this on 300's,400's,450's and on SL60 so as you can see it's a common problem.The pinch roller on Sony Betas are fairly easy to replace but if your unsure just what to do better let someone who's familar with this kind of stuff do the job.

TYU
Thursday 22nd July 2004
8:31 pm U.K.

YYTT@HOTMAIL.COM

AASASAS

Joe Warner
Thursday 22nd July 2004
7:49 pm U.K.

pentiumii@freeuk.com

For all those Betamax Fan - just like me :-) oh I'm a Video 2000 fan too :-OI can transfer video footage from Betamax onto VHS or CD r at cost price plus second class post is well in the reach of many Betamax / Video 2000 fan who may not be so well off. At least this way I provide the rare chance of those who at one time in the past owned a Betamax / Video 2000 machine can transfer video footage for less than £ 2 a tape, - not everyone wants to pay through the roof transfer the odd favorite movie from the 80's. I can copy your Betamax / Video 2000 archive tapes onto VHS in either LP or SP. I live in the Sheffield area - the cost will be £ 2 a tape Plus Postage which is very low indeed but I prefer to keep the cost down to cover just the Cost Price ! I can if you prefer transfer your videos onto CD r to play on Computer using DivX / Xvid format this is a cheap alternative to keep cost down with regard to postage and replacement VHS tapes. Eight Hours can be transfered onto CD in very good Quality & the cost is £1 including Postage. Others on this website provide a different service copying onto DVD in very high quality but it depends on what you want & high much you want to pay - if you have a lot of tapes to transfer then maybe my option will best for you, but even if you only have the odd tape then this is excellent value.

Joe's

Jonh Mc Enrow
Thursday 22nd July 2004
7:06 pm U.K.

Jonh@intspeakenglish.com

Too bad ..character seems unreadable

http://homepage1.nifty.com/Sony/MainTenance/SLHF900MK2/SLHF900MK2_004.html

Boby
Thursday 22nd July 2004
4:00 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

Paul;At last about the Play no Picture problem.One thing that you should know that is your Rotary Disk 'Eyes' is still in working Range (not worn out). Some thechnician knows the trick to have worn out Heads Assy works good by strengthen the tape tension, this will make the tape READABLE by the wornout Rotary Heads 'Eyes'.But when it reaches those limitations SysCon chips detects then cuts of the SequenceI put my bet on this kind of TRICK.☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;☺;

Boby
Thursday 22nd July 2004
3:45 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

cc:NillsSorry I should say HF-900Paul,I take Nills saying problems on ACE Amplifier , but I strongly suspect something not in order on SysCon Block since it works on X2 and shuttle .There might be component failure/worn out, if there's none then all you got to do is RECALIBRATING. I got 1/5 malfuntion on 950 (PAL) last time, I'd changed the 4,7mF Electrolit and only costs few penny.It might not be the same caps on 900.This capasitors problem found on most Betamaxes esp 950 series in 1/5 speed.

About the PLay No PIC problem I agree with Nills and those all steps Controlled by SysCon CHIP block circuits.Find something there if you know what you're doing.

On jaming tape problem ;I got one new Tape that can't passed loading mechs on HF95D but OK on all other.When I measure the flap It is longer than other's.It's a productions defect.

martin
Thursday 22nd July 2004
1:37 pm U.K.

parker.jenkins@inet.net.nz

sony slhf 950 for sale here in nz, this is the problem, [Note: this one does have a habit of jamming the tape sometimes while ejecting, (should be easy to fix). is this a big problem?? thanks martin.

Paul McIntyre
Thursday 22nd July 2004
1:19 pm U.K.

p_r_mac@vianet.ca

I do have the SL-HF900 (NTSC). I checked the tape edges. Two of the tapes have ridging alog the top end and two don't. I cleaned the ACE heads again but this did not help. As I said in an earlier entry, these tapes do play on my SL-100 and a friends 860D. They were taped on different machines and are different brands. Most tapes do play okay on my SL-HF900. The counter reads as follows: Play(no picture)-no, FF and REW-Yes(but does seem to skip at times), X2-Yes, X1/5-No, Moving with shuttle-Yes.

nnils
Thursday 22nd July 2004
5:51 am U.K.

SL-HFT7@t_e_l_u_s_.net

(from Vancouver) Paul, look for creased edges on the tape. If the tape rides high or low (due to a bent guide) it will get creased. Then the ACE head will not read the control timing pulses along the creased edge. Fast Forward might ride the tape to a better reading height. If the tape looks ok then clean the ACE head with ethanol. Ok to wipe ACE head vertically but NEVER NEVER wipe video heads vertically!!! If still no change, either ACE head is defective or its amplifier is most likely suspect.

Boby, I suspect Paul has the SL-HF900 (NTSC) not the SL-HF950 linear skate loader (PAL).

Boby
Wednesday 21st July 2004
9:14 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

I wouldn't FastFoward sticky tapes if I were you.I red your previous post stated that your 950 choose wich tape that she like to play with.From what I know there's one adjustment to let any tape to play, but if you change it you will loose the auto protection of your Beta.I do not recomend unles you have Sony Adjustment Tape and know what you're doing.There's one in Ebay last time, the price is outrageous.Adjusting might not solved the problem.

Boby
Wednesday 21st July 2004
8:48 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

(dont read my previous post)

Paul; No wonder your English is strange to me. Allright then , I was just sayin' that you might have Digital Camera to have your 900 Boards piture sent to me. You know..for making me easy to help/diagnose the problem.

So the counter counts or not when you increase the speed (FF/Rew) ?How about the slow motion? Jog? Shuttle?As I said before don't do any if you're not sure.Now I know you got two 950.

YOU CAN EMAIL ME IF YOU WANT TO

Boby
Wednesday 21st July 2004
8:22 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

Lassen wir das Thema fallen.

Ich verstehe nicht, worauf Sie hinauswollen.

Ich habe ein Anliegen an Sie. Würden Sie uns bitte neue Farbfoto un SL-K95

Danke

Paul McIntyre
Wednesday 21st July 2004
7:52 pm U.K.

p_r_mac@vianet.ca

Actually I'm about 4 ,800 kilometers give or take from there, in Canada, on the North Shore of Lake Huron in a small town called Spanish; in the middle of nowhere really.Anywise, I think Olive is probably correct in thinking the ACE head is the problem. The tape counter does not work when a tape will not play though you can freeze the frame and see clearly in fast forward play. I contacted the Sony parts site from this site and the part is no longer available. I have another 900 but this won't accept a tape and I can't remember if the counter works in that one or not. I know I have a new Head in it which prompted me to hold out to purchase the same model on E-bay. The tapes that do play, play quite well as all tapes seemed to when I first got the machine six months ago.

Boby
Tuesday 20th July 2004
4:04 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

For Kerosene cleaning you'll have to Spray with the CO2 aftewards. Kerosene cannot vaporate it'll remain on the surface. You got to clean the Dum from Kerosene .

Well as I said before old Tapes usually stuck on the Drum, so don't force to play it might affect the rotary heads. You can rewound the tapes several times (with fowards / reverse Rewinder)to get rid of dirt if you insist on playing. So you had the Heads cleaned.Where are you anyway Southern California?

Paul McIntyre
Tuesday 20th July 2004
1:59 pm U.K.

p_r_mac@vianet.ca

Hi Boby,Concerning :Sunday 11th July 2004 7:04 pm U.K. Time 900 record/playback problem.I'm going to the big city for the weekend so I will pick up a new tape and give you the results of your test on the chat line. I have cleaned the ACE head with alcohol. I see you recommend kerosene for another problem. Should I try that here or just wait until I can try a new tape?Thanks for the help.Paul.

Olive E Thomas
Monday 19th July 2004
9:02 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

This was the camera your TU-V8 was intended for...

http://www.geocities.com/mick_aka/stuff/v8af.jpg

Olive E Thomas
Monday 19th July 2004
8:56 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

The TT-V8 was made for the CCD-V8 8mm camcorder. It was so you could use your CCD-V8 camcorder for recording off-air programs. Several early 8mm cameras had that option. Kodak's first 8mm camcorder has an elaborate docking station that took in the whole camera..

http://www.betainfoguide.com/kodak1.jpg

http://www.betainfoguide.com/kodak2.jpg

http://www.betainfoguide.com/kodak3.jpg

And turned it into a toploading 8mm VCR!

Aivars Migla
Monday 19th July 2004
10:00 am U.K.

ami1@inbox.lv

Hi! 3 days ago purchased a timer tuner unit Sony TT-V8 at flea market for $10. The unit is not operating - I can not enter into mode "On" from "Standby" and clock is not working properly. Maybe syscon processor is dead. The device also offers battery charging. The unit is manufactured back in 1984. Has anybody heard of this device?

Stephen
Sunday 18th July 2004
5:02 pm U.K.

beta@tinfoil.cotse.net

Re Sony C7. I meant the buyer has tried ten tapes, sorry.

Stephen
Sunday 18th July 2004
5:00 pm U.K.

beta@tinfoil.cotse.net

Hello. I won a Sony C7 off ebay a couple of years ago. I wanted a "piece of history" but once I had it, I wasn't sure what to do with it! And there weren't many tapes on ebay that I wanted to buy, or if there were, I bought them on dvd instead ;) So I sold it (again on ebbay). The seller says he has tried ten tapes and the playback is awful. I did explain in the description that I hadn't used it for two years and it might need some attention but this chap tells me that the only place he has found that will service it wants £100 and they want this upfront! I didn't know that a service would cost this much. The buyer is complaining and I'd like to help him out. Does anyone know any service centres that will charge less? Thanks.

Antonio
Saturday 17th July 2004
11:41 am U.K.

amamo@netcabo.pt

Hi everybody,I have an old VCR SANYO VTC6510 (similar to VTC6500 ), which I like very much (besides the ca. 100 tapes with family scenes filmed during many years) and I am desesperately looking for a reel driving motor (SANYO ref. RM.11, V-108008, 830330A066).Can someone inform where I can get such motor?

Anthony
Friday 16th July 2004
10:33 am U.K.

videoplay@absamail.co.za

Hi. I have recently bought a SL-HF100SA which is in 'as new' condition (original packaging and all). Apparently only had about 20-30 tapes played through it all it's life. Plugged it in and ran the original Sony Demo tape and everything worked great. Next day tried to watch a tape and there is no sound (RF or AV). I can get the test tone from the tuner but that is all, no broadcast sound either. If I unplug the mains for a day, I will get sound for a few minutes, then all is quite. Picture is 100%.

Has this been covered before? Can anyone help me?

Many thanks.

Olive E Thomas
Friday 16th July 2004
5:09 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Open a selling account with eBay. They have a specific catagory for Beta VCRs.

The SL-2000 and camera will sell better in a single bundle. $75-80 for the pair is a good median price. They've gone for as little as $35 and some of seasoned dealers can get away with over $150.

If the SL-5000 is known to actually work it will sell around $20-45 bux otherwise it's basically Dumpster Chow...

Shea McClung
Thursday 15th July 2004
9:58 pm U.K.

shea.mcclung@era.com

Hi! Our company has some outdated Sony Betamax equipment that I am trying to sell. Any ideas on the best way to do this would sure make this little blonde smile real big!

Here's the skinny on the equipment<I have photos I can email>: 1981 Sony Trinicon Video Camera HVC-2200 including hard plastic black carrying case that clasps on the sides and top. Camera comes with a 14 pin plug <cord> attached to the back, white lens cap, Sony Electronic Viewfinder HVF-2000, three miscellaneous cords and connecting devices that came with the camera. Has been in storage. This unit is used and functions.Also included in this auction is the AC Power Adapter AC-220, a Sony Portable Videocassette-Recorder SL-2000, and the Sony Video Cassette Recorder SL-5000 w/simulated wood cabinet, first of the front-loaders, a very stripped-down machine with 3-day, 1-event programming.Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! THANKS so MUCH!

Rudy
Thursday 15th July 2004
8:34 pm U.K.

togay@intnobigdealtoknow.com

Cybershot (specific type)is also very sensitive to IR/Ultralight. The wavelength needed is around 1000 nanometer more or less to see.YOU CANNOT DO THAT IF SHE WEAR BLUE JEANS, just tell your babe to use Nylon gaun.So dont be fooled ,you'll need lots of UV rays.When all settled go to the beach set to nightshot mode in daylight.BEWARE OF IMITATE PRODUCT.This filter really works if you got it match with your Bethecam.CHECK BEFORE BUY Sean!

Sean Meskill
Thursday 15th July 2004
6:50 am U.K.

smeskill@youdontneedtoknow.com

That's very interesting... I've got an old IR camera around here (not a sony nightshot, a Sony AVC-3400 that was modded by GBC into a "total darkness television camera") and I now wonder just how sensitive it is to Infrared. It is very sensitive to the visible wavelengths, as well, and, in fact, I've got no clue as to the range of its sensitivity at all! It may even be sensitve to Ultraviolet, I've got no clue. To give an idea, it will make a small cigarette lighter flame look like a road flare!

Madness
Thursday 15th July 2004
6:07 am U.K.

madness@damnthespam.somethingorother.com

Hey guys, LTNS! Regarding that post a few back about the remote, you can do the same thing w/ a webcam. Point a remote at it while viewing and it'll flash w/ a "whitish" light. I did that to annoy people when I had a page on Camerades. :)

Heads up: Found a nice-looking silver HF300 on eBay w/ the doors intact for $150 BIN. If my funds weren't tied up @ the moment, I would've snagged it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5709368222

Rudy
Wednesday 14th July 2004
2:53 pm U.K.

togai@clg.com

That infrared thing is an ancient discovery...

http://www.irfilters.com/

got more extreme pages like that but it's not good for your heart.

nnils
Wednesday 14th July 2004
8:13 am U.K.

SL-HFT7@t_e_l_u_s_.net

To Linge re: camera video theory. Try this site for way-too-much info on the topic. It is principally about NTSC video but should help explain a lot of ancient (1936) and current PAL concepts along the way. Worth a few bonus marks.

http://www.danalee.ca/ttt/index.htm

nnils
Wednesday 14th July 2004
7:34 am U.K.

SL-HFT7@t_e_l_u_s_.net

Re: Olive vs. slow-loading gimmicky auction http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3827066023

That loads and displays everything in only 2 or 3 seconds using DSL and Mozilla 1.7 on an old Win98 P3, but it is hard to find the actual item on such a busy page.

Das Snail_@_oo
Wednesday 14th July 2004
3:36 am U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

By any chance do you have the instruction manual for that Vidimagic? What would you want for a copy?

brian trombley
Wednesday 14th July 2004
2:40 am U.K.

tromco@ameritech.net

For sale sony vidimagic projector built in betamax250.00 usd + s&hsend e-mail Accept paypal

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 14th July 2004
1:30 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Forgot to mention that the camera will convert the IR signal into visible light by the time it gets to the viewfinder...

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 14th July 2004
1:21 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Something really cool I found out...

http://www.andybaird.com/qt200/miscellany.html

If you want to check the functionality of a remote control it's easy. Point it at a CCD camera! CCDs apparently are sensitive to infrared light.

Being curious I tried it out on a Triniconª tube camera and lo! Works on Triniconsª too!

Pretty neat thing huh?

Das Snail_@_oo
Wednesday 14th July 2004
12:10 am U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

I used to have an SLHFR/HFP combo and if I recall the A/B switch was to swith between two anticipated stereo broadcast systems. Presumably if one didn't sound right try the other.

The tracking fine tuner was to make up for the fact that since the HiFi signal was coming from a separate unit outside the machine there might be a greater discrepancy in tracking than what you got off the VCR's tracking.

When using the system I never had to use it but with later HiFi VCRs I've noticed that my old SLHFR tapes aren't as center trackable as everything else

Linge
Tuesday 13th July 2004
11:52 am U.K.

linge@702mail.co.za

Hi there everyoneI am a 21 year old television production student at NEMISA Johannesburg, we were just tipped in our lecture about PAL and camera mechanism of scaning each frame to come up with a full complete frame.

I just want to know clearlly the structure of lines, black burst, culculations and the actual process of frame scanning on a vidio. If can get as much tricks and illustrations I can make sure I am the camera basic master.

Thanks

Boby
Tuesday 13th July 2004
11:01 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

☺;☺;☺; Do not use CO2 sprayer over Live circuits/Batteries terminals/High Current Capasitors or other electric storage apparatus,DISCHARGE FIRST.☺;☺;☺;

Boby
Tuesday 13th July 2004
10:46 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

Alcohol is OK ,some alcohol contains H20 wich if you don't dry it may also leave mark on some surface.CO2 sprayer is good for the Rotary Assy 'Eyes'.Alcohol or Kerosene is your pick,Kerosene best cleaner for sticky deposits wich Alcohol can't do better.CO2 act as Finishing Job ,also can be use to clean dust deposit on Static Sensitif Devices.CO2 spraying may cause condensation,Hair Dryer is a good tool for defogger.

Stein
Tuesday 13th July 2004
9:21 am U.K.

shjelt@online.no

I used alcohol (isopropanol) to clean the drum of my SL-C9, and, as earlier mentioned, that worked fine. I would not use methylated ethanol, the substances that makes it undrinkable also makes it useless for cleaning.

Boby
Tuesday 13th July 2004
7:40 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

Stubborn plaque wont be easily cleaned by alcohol,methan is good but may corrode to other sensitif material so the best is my previous tips.

Richard
Tuesday 13th July 2004
3:41 am U.K.

h2o0001@hotmail.com

Wouldnt you be better off cleaning the head drum/heads with rubbing alcohol rather than Kerosene

Richard
Tuesday 13th July 2004
3:35 am U.K.

h2o0001@hotmail.com

I have a Sony beta Hi-Fi processor, model HFP -200 and was wondering what the switch on the back for system A/B is for and also the fine tracking dial?

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 13th July 2004
1:34 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

To Smudge...

You need a VCR or Camera PS with a K-connector jack. The Sony SL-C7, SL-C9, SL-F1 and SL-3000 and the Sanyo VTC-6500 are amongst the ones I know of in the UK.

Smudge
Monday 12th July 2004
10:32 pm U.K.

Smudge@CityOf-Manchester.co.uk

I know this may sound abit dumb but hopefully someone can put me in the picture (pardon the pun)The Video input/output Bnc does this mean i can plug a sony Trinicon HVC 4000P Camera into it, if not can anyone advise me as to what machine i will need to find to plug it into...ThanxSmudge

Boby
Monday 12th July 2004
6:44 pm U.K.

bobyboz@yahoo.com

I got a wide range of Betamax power module (STK XXXX) lemme know if anyone needed........

Boby
Monday 12th July 2004
6:21 pm U.K.

bagyo@indosat.net.id

From what I red the major problem of the Beta machine is the dirt on the Head,here are some very good cleaning method;1)Dip a cotton bud in a Kerosene then carefully wipe around the DRUM,carefully not to slip on the rotary disk Assy.Can be used around the tape path or Capstan Roller,[rubber material usually react with Kerosene if in contact for a long time]so 2)Cleaned it immediatley with Carbon Dioxide contact cleaner (can be obtained from http://www.crcindustries.com.au) or similar product in your area.This will eliminate all the residue.Happy try......

Stein
Monday 12th July 2004
2:12 pm U.K.

shjelt@online.no

To Noel Higgins.

Thank you for your advice. The drum was not scratched or corroded, it vas just dirty, very dirty. I wiped off the dirt with some Q-tips, and now I can read the subtitles again.

trudy
Monday 12th July 2004
12:36 pm U.K.

trudy@ntlword.com

hi

Noel Higgins
Monday 12th July 2004
1:47 am U.K.

noel.higgins@aca.gov.au

Stein

I have seen that sort of problem caused by corrosion or scratches on the upper or lower drum surface. (probably caused by someone poking it with a screw driver) It makes the tape lift as it travels over that part of the drum and increases the tape to head gap. It is quite stable and appears as a line across the screen. Be careful not to damage the heads if you are trying to clean of polish the drum surface. You can even see the lines imprinted on the tape that has been passed through such a machine. A tape that has been damaged in this way may also show a line from then on when played on other machines depending on their head condition. ie signal to noise ratio.

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 11th July 2004
10:25 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Quite the optimist. Wants $219 for a Zenith clone of the much derided SL-8600 BII VCR...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2256680815

But it's a 'collectible'...

Stein
Sunday 11th July 2004
8:59 pm U.K.

shjelt@online.no

I have a Sony SL-C9, and it gives a disturbing stripe in the lower part of the picture. Exept for that it works fine. The stripe is just where the subtitles are placed, and that makes it very annoying. In Norway almost all films have subtitles. Is there anybody who can tell me what is the reason for this problem. Is it the video heads or is it anything less serious. I have another SL-C9 with the common SL-C9 problems (carriage, DC-DC, loading gear that makes noise plus some other mecanical problems) but with OK heads which I can take parts from.

Boby
Sunday 11th July 2004
6:04 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

cc:Paul

Old tapes usually sticky and may jammed beside the DRUM.Use new Tape(I have plenty but I can't sent from another continent).Record the new tape if the result is OK then there's no need for servicing.Tapes that were recorded using machine (A) will produced different result pattern when played on another.I have 2 mint NTSC High Band Beta they produced slightly different even the tape is the same and New,esp in BIII.HF900 is a great machine dont do any if not so sure.I fixed your Beta if I'm in your town,looks silly but we do among friends.Well.......

Boby
Sunday 11th July 2004
5:37 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

Olive what's your email anyway....?

Paul McIntyre
Sunday 11th July 2004
4:05 pm U.K.

p_r_mac@vianet.ca

Concerning the message earlier about the SL-HF900 playback problems. I cleaned the ACE heads. This caused no difference, To rule out tape problems, I dug out my SL-100 and played the tapes. The tapes played fine. I tried dirrerent tapes in the 900 and still find it selective what tapes it will play and which it won't. The counter definately doesn't work with the tapes that don't play. One problem I have is I'm in a pretty rural area so technicians are not readily available. Any other suggestions?

Boby
Sunday 11th July 2004
3:37 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

To built that page need FrontPage experties not bad for a creation.Olive sayin' is just like Andy's, it's their loss.☺;☺;☺;‼;Q&A

Sean Meskill
Sunday 11th July 2004
7:07 am U.K.

smeskill@youdontneedtoknow.com

I know everybody generally doesn't care for simple "I agree" posts but I think Olive's above statement warrants a

THANK YOU OLIVE!!!!!

Boby
Sunday 11th July 2004
5:42 am U.K.

bagyo@indosat.net.id

Alan Morton;If you're willing to do some "trick", here I have a tips;Put in a blank Casette (with no Tape inside/get rid of the tape first).See what happened...,,,I use empty casette to carry out some maintenance.

◙;☺;☺;☺;₧;

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 11th July 2004
3:34 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Rule #1 when place an eBay auction...

DON'T PUT A LOT OF CRAP ON YOUR AUCTION PAGE!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3827066023

Nobody buys something because they''re impressed with all the slow-load GIF loops and annoying mouse followers or system slowing toolbar messages or cheesy MIDI loops. They buy because they want the item you have for sale.

The Internet is not television. Every object image and gimmick you load costs bandwidth and load time. If people have to wait forever for a page load they might miss a chance at placing a winning bid and you'll likely not make as much as you hoped.

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 11th July 2004
3:07 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

The ACE head is the Audio, Control track & Erase head. It's a stationary at one end of the tape path (looks a little different on NEC, Sony, Sanyo or Toshiba machines but it's in the same relative place on the tape path.

I was thinking that there's a static discharge plate or probe that if it's not there or loose will cause dropouts. Might be worth an investigation.

Noel Higgins
Sunday 11th July 2004
1:47 am U.K.

noel.higgins222@aca.gov.au

Alan

Regarding your 950 problems. First a question - have you tried recording (say from a PAL DVD source) from when the machine starts up and seeing if it does that OK?

Some suggestions. The first thing I think your technician friend could do is monitor various points of the video path with a CRO to see if the dropouts really originate from the heads. That is, is it poor contact head to tape/ or alignment tracking problem/ or some other source of interference such as capacitors going off in the switchmode power supply? If RF hash gets onto the lower supply lines then that would cause havoc with the video preamplifier circuitry. The intermittant nature could be a heat related thing. ie a dry joint, faulty capacitor(s) or such. He might try using a hair dryer (ie moderate heat) to the various boards to see if he can isolate the source of the problem. These 950s are too good a machine to give up on easily. regards Noel (if you need to respond take the 222 out of the e-mail address)

Paul McIntyre
Sunday 11th July 2004
12:53 am U.K.

p_r_mac@vianet.ca

As per my question of June 25th. I was finally able to tear my shelves apart to get out my Beta recorder. I cleaned the heads as per instruction in the Guide Section of this site with the Radio Shack product. Though the tapes that played well now play better. The tapes that would not play but would freeze and view fast forward okay still have the same problem. I noticed there was a question of tape quality in another chat. They tapes that don't work are of different brands and some new, some old. They are taped on different machines as well, some one this machine which has taped okay.What would be my next step?Olive, what is an ace head?

Alan Morton
Saturday 10th July 2004
11:22 pm U.K.

adm222@yahoo.com

The 950 I have and the others I have seen in the UK are multi voltage VCRs. running from 100-240 volts either 50 or 60 cycles. I have had no problems running it here since I picked it up 7 years ago. I use it to watch videos sent ot me from friends in the Uk and a few have gotten from Australia on a multistandard TV (which I picked up at a flea market in Florida about 10 years ago). I have ~700 give or take, that have been catalogued.

I have not done any work trying to repair it myslef since I have the knack of making a bad situation worse. A friend of mine is an authorised Sony servicer and has in he past been able to get most all the broken Betas I have taken to him up and running. a few have been laid to rest since the cost of repairing them would have exceeded their value and they have now staretd being used for parts :(

He however at this point has given up on trying to get it fixed. The randomness of the problem and the fact that it stops after the unit has been on for 15-20 minutes gives him (or anyone else) little oppurtunity to track the problem down. He has gone and looked for anything that has obviosly come loose, but at this point I have been told the only way to proceed further is to find a working unit and start swaping boards in and out until one gets the problem to clear up permantly and then tyr seeing if anything can be found worng on th bad board. So at this point I have no clue what might be needed to alleviate the problem. He does have a copy of the service manual.

On a brighter note a former girlfriend recently paid me a visit and returned one of my SL HF-750s and a couple fo boxes of tapes she had of mine , had sort of given up on ever seeing that one again.

Gyo
Saturday 10th July 2004
4:36 pm U.K.

bby88@icqmail.com

Olive plz chk your mail,I'd sent one.

This page stands quite a long time

http://homepage1.nifty.com/Sony/MainTenance/SLHF95D/SLHF95D_001.html

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 10th July 2004
5:57 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Another fine eBay optimist...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5708900460

Wants a $49 start and $150 BIN for a set of SL-7200 manuals.

Boby
Saturday 10th July 2004
4:26 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

I assumed Mr Morton have a pickled 950 for appetizer hueheueu.......

Boby
Saturday 10th July 2004
4:13 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

Replace C631 and you are ready to go.

Olive E Thomas
Friday 9th July 2004
10:03 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Hard to wade through the thicket of patchy language and sentence structure you've left but I'd offer that high-voltage capacitors or flyback transformer might be gone.

Gyo
Friday 9th July 2004
5:38 pm U.K.

bby88@icqmail.com

Fuses? there's only one fuse and its good.See its a yesterday technology built for today Monitor.Weights a ton with polypropylene speaker.Naa tell me more ...dont just fuses.Side panel touch switch is all working she just sleep in a minute.

Olive E Thomas
Friday 9th July 2004
3:34 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Check for a blown fuse.

Gyo
Friday 9th July 2004
6:31 am U.K.

bby88@icqmail.com

Hi all,I have Sony KX21HG1 she just won't lit for about a minute or so.I love her so much I wouldnt let go even for Plasma.Any help would brighten up my life.I cant stand looking her freezing with my HF860D. RegardsGyo

Andy W.
Friday 9th July 2004
3:50 am U.K.

vespanidus@aol.com

Yeah Richard those Sony UHG tapes suck. I have 2 of them and both have the exact same problem you described. I no longer use them to record anything. Just so everyone knows my Betamax page will be down for awhile. I have deleted my account with GeoCities and will be moving everything to AngelTowns hosting, except for the video files that are over 900KB (since you can't upload files more than that to AngelTowns), which will be stored on the AngelFire account that used to host the website. I had originally planned to get rid of my AngelFire account and use GeoCities to store the video, but it turns out they don't even let you upload .wmv video files at all, so it's their loss.

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 8th July 2004
10:29 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

A 950 can be used in the US if you have a power inverter and a PAL TV set. Presumably Mr Morton salted those away for use in the new home...

Boby
Thursday 8th July 2004
7:04 pm U.K.

bobyboz@yahoo.com

cc Alan MortonIf you plug HF950 in the USA it just wont work.Well I still have one of my 3 HF950 left undone, just tell me what parts that'll be needed.

Boby
Thursday 8th July 2004
11:10 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

UK uses PAL-format BETAMAX and USA uses NTSC they're incompatible unless U have Multisystem Deck like SL800ME (monaural).

Boby
Thursday 8th July 2004
11:04 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmail.com

I had disassembled all parts and never found any piece of surface mount devices on 950. All caps are ordinary Caps.SMD Caps usually block-shape and very small, alsmost imposible to identify with bare eyes.Clean the head first, then the tape movement path ,capstan roller and the crankshaft associated to.If its the same try check the Drum motor speed. At last find something in controller board (below the Tuner block).After clearing all points readjustment of CFS thing and relating parts.Dont do any if you're not sure what's, U may make it more worst than ever.

Richard
Thursday 8th July 2004
7:35 am U.K.

h2o0001@hotmail.com

I have noticed that everytime I use a Sony L750UHG tape (grey shell) that the quality is terrible-lots of droput lines, so many in some sections of the tape that the picture is almost impossible to make out, or it will make a recording that looks like it was recorded with dirty heads. I look at the tape and it does not appear to be damaged. Its not my vcr either, this only happens when I use one of those grey Sony L750UHG tapes, and has happened with at least 10 of them. You would think the quality would be good since it is supposedly a high grade tape. Anyone else experience this with this type of tape?

Alan Morton
Wednesday 7th July 2004
5:03 pm U.K.

adm222@yahoo.com

Have been having a problem with my 950 that my local technicain has been unable to figure out and was wondering if anyone else out there has had a similair problem. And if so what caused it.

When you first power it up and play a tape the picture is fileld with what appears to be dropouts and soccasionally gets to the point where almost the whole screen is covered by them. After running the machine for about a half hour or so- or if it has been left on the problem tends to gradually diminh and eventually becomes fine. My repairman's first thought on this was that surface mount capacitors had started going bad and it was going to be a time consuming task to track them down and figue which of them to replace there are 100s of them. As they warm up they begin working better this the problem goes away. This theory was laid to rest when he told me that last week it did the worse possible thing it began working properly after being first plugged in. Which could mean that it could be almost anything else in any part of the VCR. If had another working 950 he said we could start swapping boardds around until the problem disappears and then start looking for the problem on the bad board but as things stand now he is unable to figure things out. Another thing he has noticed is that turning the VCR on its side also makes the problem go away which tends to support my guess that there is something loose somewhere in the VCR. This problem first occured when I moved hosue last year so perhaps soemthing got broken in the move. Albeit it did survive a trip across the Atlantic Ocean in my suitcase on BRitish Airways. I do not have a second 950 to do the swap thing with and they are as far as I can tell somewhat uncommon in Illinois.

Alex Taylor
Wednesday 7th July 2004
8:37 am U.K.

alex_taylor@ntlworld.com

Hi

So that would be PCM audio, recorded using the full width of the video tape? That would make sense, and the tape was also marked as being stereo.

I recorded over that tape. The first time I've used a Beta machine in years. It's put a huge smile on my face, although I think I need a belt kit for the Sanyo 9300.

Hopefully there will be more of them, I'll try and sort a clip out.

Alex Taylor.

Jesse Alonzo
Wednesday 7th July 2004
4:02 am U.K.

latinopikachu@yahoo.wards.com

eeeeeeee! i wanna see a clip of the "pixellated mess"

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 7th July 2004
1:44 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

There never was a Digital Betamax. There were some with digital FX but they still recorded in analog.

The 'Digital' recording you got are probably PCM music recordings. If you can find a PCM -F1 or similar you could probably play them back.

There is a Digital Betacam and a digital Betacam SX format out there and their tape shells are similar to Betamax but they'd likely be marked as such. I believe the Betacam SX tapes have a yellow tape flap.

Alex Taylor
Tuesday 6th July 2004
7:55 pm U.K.

alex_taylor@ntlworld.com

Hi

I recently got a Sanyo VTC9300PN for free, and last week bought a few hundred Beta tapes for about 4 UKP. Whilst looking at a couple of the tapes in the machine, I found one that just played back a pixellated mess. On closer inspection, the label was marked "digital".

Can anyone give me more info on Digital Beta? These tapes seem to be a large collection of classical music, and there's some nice high grade tapes in there, but I have never heard of Digital Beta before. Unfortunately the machine wasn't in the same auction with the tapes :-(

Alex Taylor

Olive E Thomas
Monday 5th July 2004
9:27 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Antonius...

Most Sanyo Beta VCRs unlace the tape before winding and rewinding. I know the Sony SLO-1700 industrial superHiFi has a fast-wind feature does so as well. When it gets near to the end of the tape it relaces the tape and continues to the end. Also has no record protect switch so that any tape can be recorded over. It was meant for the duplicator market which often used record-tabless tapes...

The PCM switch was available on most of the Sony Beta VCRs. It killed the dropout compensator so that PCM recordings would play properly.

antonius graven
Monday 5th July 2004
8:34 pm U.K.

ondermom@hotmail.com

Two questions of somebody who has never seen a live Betamax:

1. Are there Betamax models which (fast) wind and rewind the tape outside the drum (unthreaded winding)?

2. Is the C9 the only one with a PCM switch? (I use a VCR + PCM for digital audio recording)

If someone has an answer: thanks!

Antonius Graven, Eindhoven, Nederland.

DAVE
Monday 5th July 2004
7:10 pm U.K.

DAVESHOV@BTCONNECT.COM

HiI have a sony slhf100ub that plays most tapes ok but on some it starts with a good picture then disappears but if i hit the pause button the picture appears. Any ideas on the problem?Thanks Dave.

Noel Higgins
Monday 5th July 2004
9:23 am U.K.

noel.higgins222@aca.gov.au

Re the 950 problem with warbling audio and sluggish preview/review. Check PALSITE at http://www.palsite.com/950tech.html. The site has a wealth of good technical info. Reel motors. In this case PALSITE indicate when it has failed completely. Before that happens however, the reel motor drive magnet starts rubbing the coils. Maybe it's a little out of round and rubs only part of a coil with each turn aas happened to mine. You can only be sure by pulling reel motor board a part and seeing if the insulation is marked. It gets to the stage where it rubbs copper from one wire on to another creating a shorted turn in the motor and things turn nasty. Then again it could be the capstan motor but I have only seen that on Sony 777 VHS machines. Hope this is of some help.

Takahiro Kato
Monday 5th July 2004
6:32 am U.K.

yohkichi2003@ce.wakwak.com

Hello, I am a Japanese. I did not know that there was VCR of a philips system. Is the cassette which can be used by both sides convenient? Was this VCR sold at Japan?

A MARCHAISE
Sunday 4th July 2004
7:32 pm U.K.

xtreme@rarevideoz.fsnet.co.uk

does anyone know where i can get a video degausser, im in the uk.

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 4th July 2004
7:26 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

Frankenbeta lives!!!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5707943700

A MARCHAISE
Sunday 4th July 2004
4:08 pm U.K.

xtreme@rarevideoz.fsnet.co.uk

HELP!!IVE A PAL SONY 950 HI FI, IT HAD A PROBLEM A WHILE BACK IN THAT THE EJECT TRAY WASNT WORKING AFTER ENQUIRING ON HERE A GREAT FELLA HELPED AND ITS WORKING NOW IVE NOTICED THAT THE SOUND IS VERY SLIGHTLY WARBLY, AND ON REWINDING ON PREVIEW ITS A BIT CHUGGY AND SOUNDS LIKE ITS HITTING SOMETHING.NOW THERES NO DAMAGE TO THE TAPE ETC , THIS IS ONLY MINIMAL AND SEEMS TO BE ONLY WHEN IVE REWOUND SOMETHING CAN ANYONE ADVISE.CHEERS

ayodeji
Sunday 4th July 2004
1:59 pm U.K.

dowoleso@yahoo.co.uk

thank u very much

Gillian Nuttall
Saturday 3rd July 2004
1:55 pm U.K.

arachne1@lineone.net

If you email me, please remove the '1' from the address. I'm amazed to find that Betamax has so many remaining enthusiasts and long may it continue. Having said that, since I no longer use it much, I'm looking to offload my Betamax VCR. If anyone is interested, it's a working Sony SLHF100UB HiFi PAL Betamax recorder in very good condition, one owner since new, with remote control, manual, plastic tuner twiddly thing, and separately-purchased connection leads. It even still bears the original sticker lauding the benefits of BetaHifi. <g> It was my first VCR, bought in 1984 for £499.99 (I still have the receipt!). It was overhauled in the early to mid-nineties by an enthusiast engineer when I experienced some sort of drive-belt problem, but has been trouble-free since then. The heads are in good condition since I do not use it regularly. I came across this web site while doing research, and was planning to use Ebay, but if anyone is interested, feel free to email me with an offer. I also have a cleaning tape, some commerical pre-recorded Beta tapes, and a large collection of TV archive tapes if anyone is interested. I'm based in Leicester, UK.

nnils
Saturday 3rd July 2004
7:56 am U.K.

SL-HFT7@t_e_l_u_s_.net

There's a guy in this town (Vancouver) wants to sell his Sony Betamovie BMC-220 and three Sanyo vcr's (VCR-6100 front load all-channel direct access, VCR-4660 front load, and VCR-4000 top load) as a Whole package $ 200 cdn /$150 US. He says everything works. Email me for details if interested. Take the _ _ _ out of address above.

Robert Kesser
Saturday 3rd July 2004
2:18 am U.K.

gerbobk@execpc.com

TO SHERIF: Give us a good email address so we can communicate you some good Sony Betas reasonable. Your address: <sarmanos@yahoo.com> doesn't work.

Bob

Sean Meskill
Friday 2nd July 2004
7:05 pm U.K.

smeskill@youdontneedtoknow.com

First off, clean the heads. Make sure your NP-1 has a good charge in it to power the thing. What kind of tape are you using? You'll have to use an ED-Beta (or a Betacam SP), you can't just feed it a Beta or other Oxide tape. Trying to put ED-Beta on a regular tape will result in a messed up picture. Don't know about the smearing; I'd say try letting it warm up for an hour or so, sometimes that fixes problems with these, but I don't know if your NP-1 can handle that. I don't know who to tell you to turn to to fix it, I know VCRGary doesn't take on ED stuff (he's sitting on a pile of it now and it's not working; try getting in touch with him and seeing about getting a parts machine). Andy might work on it, I'm not sure.

Jesse Alonzo
Friday 2nd July 2004
6:24 pm U.K.

latinopikachu@yahoo.com

Hello again! I powered up my EDC-55 yesterday with an NP-1, and it seems to work ok except for the fact that you have to press down on the lid for it to know there's a tape inside (otherwise flashes CASSETTE). Also could caps leaking or drying out cause my problem: The viewfinder image rolls and will not stabilise, and any recorded video looks like a scrambled signal, also rolling; and when I turn on the time and date stamp, 12:00:00 will appear, but then the top half of 12:00:00 will smear and the picture will roll. When the camera is just in "camera" mode, the video outputted looks decent, except that the brightest part of it is all silvery. andy.. where are you

Bob Dolan
Friday 2nd July 2004
4:43 am U.K.

karendolan@bellsouth.net

have a sony sl7200 with attached dt30 timer have had it stored for 15 years unit still works as far as i know any interested in it please e-mail me.

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 1st July 2004
9:23 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah¿¿.n¿spam.c¿m

To Sherif...

Pretty much all the Betamax VCRs are gonna be second hand units nowadays. It would help if you mentioned where you're posting from as there are different Betas that will work is different parts of the world.

At any rate eBay US has a special listing catagory for Beta VCRs...

http://listings.ebay.com/aw/listings/list/category39830/index.html

sherif
Thursday 1st July 2004
3:25 pm U.K.

sarmanos@yahoo.com

Hello i am looking for a new or second hand Betamax vcr in good condition for sale

Thank you

veena
Thursday 1st July 2004
12:35 pm U.K.

veenapetrack@hotmail.com

hullo beta mates,we have a beta model Sanyo VTC-Nx10 colour vcr. still have the owners manual and is great working condition. Any ideas how good these machines are (my husbands still maintains it is better than VHS). also is anyone has one and how much they may be worth or direct us to a web site(have tried ebay but no luck) hope someone can help.Thanks

norm
Thursday 1st July 2004
3:45 am U.K.

jbeck200@hotmail.com

I have 100-150 used beta tapes for sale. They are L500 tapes with a few L750 tapes. Each has a case. Most are are Sony, Fuji,Zenith, Maxell.The price is $0.75 each, all or part. I live in Los Angeles. Buyer pays shipping. Shipping in USA is cheap "media" rate. Tapes have been erased.

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