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Olive E Thomas
Monday 6th June 2005
6:10 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

A Betamax VCR operates no differently than their VHS cousins in terms of connection to a TV set. If you're still not getting audio after following these checklist you may have an equipment problem with either the TV, the VCR or the cables your using.

You should be able to get audio from a Betamax onto any TV. I'm guessing you tried using the standard RF cable. You'd need to check if the RF-modulator on the VCR is set to the channel (3 or 4) you tried to receive it on the TV set. Also make sure the TV/VCR switch on the Beta is set to VCR - an indicator should light up on the VCR.

SL-2300 uses a standard mono A/V cable so hookup shouldn't be an issue. If your Sharp is a stereo TV you'll either need a Y jack to get audio into both channels or to see if the TV requires you to put a mono cable into the left or right jack to get sound out of both speakers.

Check your TV's manual for audio input setup. Some TVs have an audio limiter than can decease or silence input volume (IE to protect against hearing loud static when inputting from a VCR not hooked to an antennae lead). This can give the false impression of diminished or no sound.

If you have other video equipment in you A/V setup make sure they're not interfering with the Beta's output. If you'd inadvertantly installed the RF cables backwards on one of the machines in the chain of video equipment that can cause a visible picture without sound.

Cables sometimes go bad and lose concuctivity. Check them on other A/V equipment to rule out any faults. The connections on a VCR can also suffer from oxidation. repeated inserting and removing a cable, twisting it in the jack a little can resolve minor corrosion-related problems.

Lastly make sure the audio head on the SL-2300 has been properly cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and a cleaning swab. Heads do get gunked up to silence with time and old tapes.

Kory Mitchell
Monday 6th June 2005
5:12 am U.K.

mitch2312_99@yahoo.com

Hello I'm new to this page but I have a question about the audio on the betamax SL2300 video cassette recorder. I recently tried to play the machine on a sharpe tv set and there was no audio, now my questions are?Does it matter the type of tv you play the betamax on?Since my tv comes with outlets for both left and right audio is it possible to play the betamax on this television set?Do I need a cable to handle both video and audio all in one line that's to the back of my television set?If anyone can answer these questions then please get back to me.Kory from Georgia

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 5th June 2005
3:36 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

I completely forgot that I had this archived...

http://uk.geocities.com/olive_e_thomas/BetaInfo.html

Was the old "Beta the Better Format" page that had gone to 404-land some time last year or so. I had downloaded it almost a decade ago at the NY State Library's internet terminal down at the South Mall in Albany and found I still had it on an old floppy disc.

Mike
Sunday 5th June 2005
2:47 pm U.K.

walrismak@pacbellnospam.net

This is why this board has deteriorated to a point where Sean Meskill had defended this miscreant and made excuses for his "indiscretions"--HEY SEAN< come on in and tell the people what a GREAT GUY he is--- got to give this creature VCRGARY credit, sold units for over $500,00 and never sent it -- Maybe that's why hes a hero to SEAN? Let me see if people knock me for pointing out a crook and his apologist.

http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback&userid=vcrgary01

jeffoldbean
Sunday 5th June 2005
8:26 am U.K.

0ldbean@gotadsl.co.uk

to Olive Re flourescent display.disconnect machine from mains then power back up again. still does not work.display is like a valve. The wires pass through the glass encapsulation. Air may have got in (gone soft).The ribbon wire is quite hard and springy,and some may have broken. check this.If all is ok, then the power supply TO the board/s.On a (CN connector) The display is wired to will have to be checked. Look in block diag section of manual, possably TM board. let me know how you progress.

jeffoldbean.

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 5th June 2005
1:01 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

My SL-T50ME 's flourescent display has completely gone out but otherwise the unit functions normally (at least playing tapes). This unit sits plugged in on a high shelf away from any possible source of damage. I hadn't done anything to it - it just went out. And it had gone out when I wasn't looking because I only discovered the outage when I went to play a tape.

Any idea where to start looking for the cause? I have the service manual. I suppose it's wishfull thinking that it's just gonna be a fuse problem

jeffoldbean
Saturday 4th June 2005
8:46 am U.K.

0ldbean@gotadsl.co.uk

To John Paul.Intermittent Faults are the worst to find.SLHF 860 I think the problem is caused by dryed out electolitic cap/s in the YC board. In the chroma area of the board. You could replace them with new ones, a long job.Do not be tempted to adjust any of the Potetiometers, on the board, running your finger over the chroma area, on the board may localize the offending cap.If you replace any. make sure the new ones are fitted the right way round.I would also fit 105 degree c ones. Same working voltage or next, and value.

jeffoldbean.

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 4th June 2005
8:23 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

In theory you probably could replace the head disc yourself but I'd really recommend having a professional do it.

John Paul
Saturday 4th June 2005
4:56 am U.K.

johnpaul@videotron.ca

Re: Heads for SL-360

Thanks Olive. I've eamiled for a quote. Could I replace them myself, or do the have to be specially aligned?

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 4th June 2005
1:36 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Taiko Company has SL-HF 360 head discs available.

http://www.taikovideo.com/Details.asp?Recordset2_Action=Find('ID','6794')&Recordset2_Position=FIL%3A%28Manufacturer+%3D%27sony%27%29ORD%3AABS%3A269KEY%3A6794PAR%3A

John Paul
Friday 3rd June 2005
11:52 pm U.K.

johnpaul@videotron.ca

I have an SL-HF860 that has developed the following problem. It plays fantastically well for 30 minutes or so then the colour vanishes. Image quality is very good, just B/W. Forward and backwards Betascan reveal colour image. If the machine does not operate for a month or so, the colour image will remain a lot longer, but always kicks over to B/W. Any ideas?

As a second question, I also have an SL-360 with bad heads. All else is fine. How much for replacement head drum and does anyone in Eastern Canada repair?

Thanks

John

Leonard Hancock
Friday 3rd June 2005
10:15 pm U.K.

sandlapperh@peoplepc.com

Regarding Sanyo Betacord, Model #4650. Problem is after playing tape for about 30/45 minutes; the tape pops out. You reload, works great for about the same period. Any ideas or is this a problem for a VCR Repair Shop? Any help appreciated.

Olive E Thomas
Friday 3rd June 2005
9:26 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

What more can one say about damn dirty Canadians that hasn't been sung by the cast of South Park.?

Pretty much cut and pasted his description from the old Betaphile Club site http://toyvax.glendale.ca.us/~vance/betaphile.html

Including a lot of stuff that really doesn't apply to the Beta camcorders...

Dave
Friday 3rd June 2005
8:35 pm U.K.

Betamax@rogers.com

I don't think that a Betamovie is all that rare according to this person,http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7519962729&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1I have 3 of them and I think $80 is a little too much

Dave
Thursday 2nd June 2005
4:02 pm U.K.

Betamax@rogers.com

Hi try to check the fuses on the power cord maybe it just poped one

Gene
Thursday 2nd June 2005
12:58 pm U.K.

n0mq@sbcglobal.net

I have a mint Sony SL-2300 that will not power up. I got it 5 years ago and it had never been used. Tested it at that time and it worked great. Been setting all this time and when I hooked it up and pushed the power button I can not get it to turn on. The clock comes on.Please help. thanksGenePittsburg, Ks

docjudd
Thursday 2nd June 2005
10:04 am U.K.

colinjudd@iprimus.com.au

Olive,those sandgropers in Western Australia are renowned for stealing things and would not pay copywright in a zillion years

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 2nd June 2005
1:14 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

I hope PALsite gets a cut from this flagrant theft of bandwidth...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5779046516

Jean-Pierre (Toronto Canada)
Wednesday 1st June 2005
8:30 am U.K.

pierrepairman@hotmail.com

HELLO, I HELP TO YOU, I NEED SERVICE MANUAL SONY ED-BETA EDV-9500 DEAD (ADOBE ACROBAT, IF YOU HAVE SCANNER), THANK YOU (MERCI).JEAN-PIERRE

Das Snail_@_oo
Wednesday 1st June 2005
12:51 am U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

_@_oo - New content at my Betamax page!

http://uk.geocities.com/dasimperator/betamovieposter.html

Not much I admit, but I don't see anyone else adding to the Betamax body of knowledge...

http://uk.geocities.com/dasimperator/My_Betamax_Page.html

The main page.

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