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Thursday 27th April 2017

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Olive E Thomas
Saturday 29th October 2005
7:04 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Duane: It would help to know what model Betamax you are attempting to play back your tapes on but it has been my experience SuperBeta HiFi tapes aren't very compatible with most of the older non-Super HiFi VCRs.

Since the VCR you described is a linear stereo unit I'm guessing either the SLO-420 the SLO-383 or the SLP-305. None of these were made for SuperBeta HiFi or plain old HiFi for that matter.

There's a (surprise surprise) Japanese fellow who hacked some of his Betas to be able to handle HiBand recordings...

http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/urltrurl?lp=ja_en&trurl=http://homepage1.nifty.com/Sony/MainTenance/MyMainte_4.html

You'll have to cut and paste that link to get it in English...

duane
Saturday 29th October 2005
6:00 am U.K.

dhesse2000@hotmail.com

I have a Sony professional Betamax that I purchased on eBay. I am now attempting to transfer some of my old stereo Beta tapes to DVD, but I am having trouble properly adjusting the tracking on this old style pro machine. When I recorded these tapes, I had a newer stereo Super Beta machine many years ago, so might that be the problem? The tapes were recorded meticulously and had great picture and sound, but don't seem to play back properly on this machine. Anyone else encountered a similar problem, or have any suggestions?

Olive E Thomas
Friday 28th October 2005
11:48 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

I think it's just krep gotten into the lens.

Oliver
Friday 28th October 2005
5:13 pm U.K.

oliverr_87@hotmail.com

With my BMC-550, in the upper left hand corner, there is like a 'smudge' which kind of slightly blurs the image, and makes it look 'milky'. Is the CCD starting die out on me? The rest of the image looks vibrant with color, its just the upper left hand corner that is bothering me. Thanks.

Dave
Friday 28th October 2005
5:02 pm U.K.

betamax@rogrs.com

I heard now there is a hurricane Beta, so whats the next one going to be called Hurricane VHS? But you all know what will happen to that one, it will break down and die just like all good VHS machines do

Olive E Thomas
Friday 28th October 2005
1:11 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Well it looks like tropical storm Beta is heading for Nicaragua...

Latin America was a pretty strong Beta holdout...

Das Snail_@_oo
Friday 28th October 2005
12:22 am U.K.

DasImperator-snail-@AlmostOnLine.com

To Oliver. I think that warning against recording with an LC-25 cleaning tape is not to save the tape from damage it's basically a warning that the tape is not to be used for recording stuff. Since the 550 is a record-only machine running the tape through it is going to necessitate recording on the tape.

Technically speaking a CCD camera is better than a tube camera in terms of power usage (very low) and the general robustness of design - you won't nuke the camera accidentally pointing it into the sun. Mind you the Trinicon tube on a BMC-110/220 is pretty good.

Here is a German page with comparisons of the various cameras...

http://www.sps-wagner.de/Betamax/vergleichsbilder.html

And here's my page...

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

Juris Bergs
Thursday 27th October 2005
9:32 pm U.K.

jbergs@sbcglobal.net

To Boby,

I sent you an e-mail yesterday. Since you didn't reply, I am assuming you didn't receive it. Anyway, I previously told you where I live and was asking in this e-mail where you are located in the event I am able to buy your SL-HF860D.

Oliver
Thursday 27th October 2005
7:06 pm U.K.

oliverr_87@hotmail.com

Olive, can you answer my questions? Thanks.

Boby
Thursday 27th October 2005
6:27 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmaiil.com

Juris

Use the following URL then add the page you want to translate, if it doesnt work you can translate manually from the paragraph at the ALTtavist Home.

http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/urltrurl?lp=ja_en&url=

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 27th October 2005
6:43 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Since someone else took care of the BMC-550 question I'll note this interesting retrospective on audio compact cassette styling...

http://hanazuc02.ld.infoseek.co.jp/cassettes/cassettes.htm

Over 500 different cassette designs from various makers including a few Russian brands. Leave it to the Japanese to post that site...

A few of note....

http://hanazuc02.ld.infoseek.co.jp/cassettes/scotch_bx_90_a[1].jpg

Since the drug store I went to only carried these I bought a lot of these and regretted it. They shed mag particles like crazy and recordings had an intermittant 'crunch' sound in them.

I also have lots of Scotch tapes from their previous design (not covered on that site) that didn't have that problem. Just goes to show that "New and Improved" is often neither.

http://hanazuc02.ld.infoseek.co.jp/cassettes/teac_cobalt_52[1].jpg

Cute design making cassettes look like reel-to-reel tapes but these never worked well. Always jammed or locked up

http://hanazuc02.ld.infoseek.co.jp/cassettes/teac_open_cassette_extra_normal_loaded[1].jpg

http://hanazuc02.ld.infoseek.co.jp/cassettes/teac_open_cassette_extra_normal_empty[1].jpg

Perhaps the stupidest consumer electronic product ever released that doesn't have Bill the Gates associated with it. Combines the convenience of reel to reel tapes with the superior sound of compact cassettes.

You'd need to be a Ninja to be able to juggle the three cassette reels involved in a reel change. I can just see the hapless Japanese fellow fumbling with that on the Tokyo subway.

A few Russian brands. About what you'd expect Russian tapes to look like...

http://hanazuc02.ld.infoseek.co.jp/cassettes/kovinoplastika_loz_c_90[1].jpg

http://hanazuc02.ld.infoseek.co.jp/cassettes/mk_45-5_c[1].jpg

This one had a bit of styling to it...

http://hanazuc02.ld.infoseek.co.jp/cassettes/mk_60-1m[1].jpg

Oliver
Thursday 27th October 2005
4:06 am U.K.

oliverr_87@hotmail.com

To joplinbeta:

Thanks, I just got mine today. I was surprised the NP-11 battery pack lasted a whole hour of video recording. I plan to make an external battery pack using battery packs from remote control cars =) Anyways, how do you clean the head with the Sony L-25CL cleaning tape? In the manual of the BMC550, it says to use it, but on the instructions with the video cleaning tape, it says 'do not record onto tape' so what do I do? The BetaMovie can only record...do you use yours? I have a HVC2800 complete with the SL2000 and TT2000, and I primarily use that for video recording...is the image quality of the BMC's CCD suppose to be better than the HVC2800, or the SMF Trinicon tubes?

joplinbeta
Thursday 27th October 2005
3:36 am U.K.

tracv170@hotmail.com

To Oliver Re: Betamovie 550

The Betamovie 550 CCD is 250,000 pixels. Video quality is very good with sufficient light. Outdoor daytime shots are best. If you need more info about the 550 let me know. I have one like new in the box.

joplinbeta

ALLAN
Thursday 27th October 2005
1:24 am U.K.

ghct619@earthlink.net

WHAT UP HOMIES SD

Juris Bergs
Thursday 27th October 2005
12:36 am U.K.

jbergs@sbcglobal.net

Boby,

Those references might indeed be interesting. While I cannot speak for anyone on this chat page, regrettably I cannot read Japanese. Can you translate the text?

Boby
Wednesday 26th October 2005
9:39 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmaiil.com

Hi there.....sneek at this URL

http://www.bidders.co.jp/item/46474266

http://homepage3.nifty.com/jp1nom/betamax/index.htm#1

http://www.cjav.com.tw/product.php

http://www45.tok2.com/home/etoile/SL-F11.htm

there might be a usefull reference

Oliver
Wednesday 26th October 2005
6:54 pm U.K.

oliverr_87@hotmail.com

Hi, I was wondering, how good is the Sony BMC-550 Betamovie CCD camera? How many pixels is the CCD capable of putting out? Thanks.

Alex
Wednesday 26th October 2005
4:23 pm U.K.

nirm@nirm.net

Hi,I'm looking for a Betamax Player that can read NTSC 5.38 format videos, I'm open to any proposition, can be PAL or NTSC betamax; I can use a converter as well with it...Thanks.

Alex.

juan
Wednesday 26th October 2005
6:51 am U.K.

juanseba@free.fr

BonjourJe suis en France et possede un betamax sl hf 100 pal secam,connaissez vous des personnes qui reparent ces appareils,ici plus personne ne le fait.Je vous remercie de vos reponses

Juris Bergs
Wednesday 26th October 2005
12:58 am U.K.

jbergs@sbcglobal.net

Boby,

Thank you very much for your kind offer!

I am in El Paso, Texas (USA). I am not sure, but I was under the impression that the SL=HF860D was sold exclusively in the USA, but maybe not.

Best regards,

Juris

Boby
Tuesday 25th October 2005
6:10 pm U.K.

Bobymc@hotmaill.com

BTW have you tried IC comparison table (the same replacement item from different manufacturer)?

Jayemp
Tuesday 25th October 2005
6:00 pm U.K.

john.m.pike@btopenworld.com

Many Thanks Noel for your information. John.

Boby
Tuesday 25th October 2005
5:56 pm U.K.

Bobymc@hotmaill.com

Juris Bergs

My pardon about your HF860DI got the same unit about a year ago it just work splendid up till now.I'm affraid the price to ship my unit overseas is outrageous.I can help to repair the your unit for free if we're in the same country.

Regards

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 25th October 2005
1:37 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

To Alex: Sony made several 'multisystem' Betamax VCRs for playing tapes recorded anywhere in the world. I have an SL-T50ME myself and it's a pretty nice machine to use. Make sure you don't get a multisystem that only covers NTSC 4.43. More likely than not your, tapes were recorded in NTSC 5.38.

You can also buy any old NTSC Betamax, a voltage converter (a 240v to 120v stepdown transformer) and a PAL converter box and be able to view those tapes in that manner.

Homer
Tuesday 25th October 2005
12:16 am U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Xavier is one of the two names starting with letter X (the other one being Xina) used to name Pacific tropical depressions. The Atlantic depressions names stop at letter W.

Juris Bergs
Monday 24th October 2005
5:31 pm U.K.

jbergs@sbcglobal.net

Homer and Boby,

I didn't have a chance to read the postings in the past few days and thus didn't reply to your suggestions. Actually, I have extensively searched Google and have come up empty thus far. The distributors aren't interested in retail sales even if they have the part, and most of them don't. Boby, in answer to your question, my SL-HF860D is still in the shop and the technician told me the clock just keeps flashing rapidly. Are you planning to sell your SL-HF860D? If you are, I wish I could buy it, but unfortunately, I have already invested more money than I can comfortably afford in parts for my machine over and above what I initially paid for the machine. I wouldn't mind getting a parts machine with a good IC, but I couldn't justify the expense of buying another good-working machine. My wife would divorce me!

Alex
Monday 24th October 2005
3:16 pm U.K.

nirm@nirm.net

Hi there!I have some NTSC Tapes that were recorded in Venezuela a few 20 years ago, and I'dl ike to play them in Europe, what do you reckon guys?Actually, my mother is badly desperate to watch these videos because they are of me, baby;)Let me know what's the best solution.I'm currently living in the UK, if that has any kind of importance.

Thanks very much.Alex.

Noel Higgins
Monday 24th October 2005
2:46 am U.K.

noel.higgins@acma.nospam.gov.au

To Jayemp,

The Sanyo M40SA is most likely a machine destined for the South African market. I have had in the past a Sony SL-C30AS and a Sanyo M30AS and the differences were in the tuner. They don't seem to use VHF band 1 for their TV. (i.e channels 1 to 5) The tuners have higher VHF band and UHF. The videoheads would be the same for all pal M40 versions.

regards Noel

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 23rd October 2005
11:56 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Interesting eBay auction. On offer is a nice little restropective of different videotape formats...

http://cgi1.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5822457499

One U-matic tape, one VCR tape, one Betamax tape and one Video Compact Cassette (V-2000) tape.

Jayemp
Sunday 23rd October 2005
9:11 pm U.K.

john.m.pike@btopenworld.com

Has any one heard of a Sanyo M40SA.? If it is a Hi-Fi machine would the head disk/video heads,be the same part?.

Melody
Sunday 23rd October 2005
12:36 pm U.K.

indiancollector@isp.com

I have a few hundere betaMax Movies Would Like to sell Ranging from Commedy,Horror,PG,Walt Disney,ETC..Some have their original Price tags still on them and some un-opened. I also have a Beta Machine that plays Wonderful.Please email me if your interested.We no longer watch them so,why keep them.Beta is the Best.

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 23rd October 2005
5:43 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Can't figure out why they couldn't come up with names for the test of the alphabet.

I'm sure Xavier Cugats would've liked a 'nice little rainstorm' in his name...

mohamed
Sunday 23rd October 2005
4:30 am U.K.

gemeay_fajr@yahoo.com

what about vitc

mohamed
Sunday 23rd October 2005
4:25 am U.K.

mohamedoooo@yahoo.com

hi what about DVcam

Dave
Saturday 22nd October 2005
10:57 pm U.K.

Betamax@rogers.com

Hi I just heard that if there is another hurricane after alfha it will be called "BETA"

kamilox88
Saturday 22nd October 2005
8:53 pm U.K.

kamilox88@interia.pl

hello

Olive E Thomas
Friday 21st October 2005
5:18 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Little Betamax on the Prairie

http://i15.ebayimg.com/04/i/05/38/50/de_1_b.JPG

Mark
Thursday 20th October 2005
8:40 pm U.K.

uklondon@screaming.net

Craig. I have used head and drum for a C9. You are welcome to try and give me a tenner if they work ok. You will have to collect from London E4.

Neil Bateman
Thursday 20th October 2005
5:51 pm U.K.

neil@baitman.karoo.co.uk

Howdie.I wonder if anyone can help.Have just received a SONY C7 from my dear old gran.But unfortunatley when in playback the picture "shakes" for a few seconds then clears.This is most annoying and am sure that this is a small problem that can be easily rectified.If anyone can offer assistance,it would be most appreciated,and naturally i would owe that person a pint!!! Many thanks,Neil.

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 20th October 2005
6:49 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

To Joplinbeta: Does it drop the cassette into the compartment or is it spitting it it right back at you?

I can think of a few problems offhand...

One of the gears on the loading gear assembly has cracked and when it tries to engage the loading ring it slips. This is a fairly common problem.

It might also be that the tape detector leaf switch in the cassette well has become bent or the peg that comes in contact with the cassette is broken. There was a thread relating this problem a few weeks ago.

The PAL equivelent of this model was the SL-F25. There is a technical reference to a similar problem

http://www.palsite.com/slf25tech.html

"Failure to load a tape

This is usually caused by a damaged carriage. However, if you are lucky then it may just be the plastic arm which stops the tape being inserted correctly that has become lose. Look for a white plastic arm on the right hand side of the carriage. "

Dave A.
Thursday 20th October 2005
2:37 am U.K.

avideo@earthlink.net

To Sean:

Many thanks for listing the obituary of Gary Inkman AKA "VCR Gary". I bought a number of items for my studio from him, including a great Betacam SP Edit Player with noiseless slo-motion playback. In fact, I had done a search for him a couple months ago as I was in the market for a couple of professional monitors for out DVCAM Edit bay. It's too bad he appeared to have died so suddenly. He was a good guy to buy from and his prices were not out of line. Dave A.

Bill
Thursday 20th October 2005
1:11 am U.K.

btrappiste@aol.com

My 1985 vintage SLHF100 has suddenly refused to switch out of AV mode into either tuner or simul modes. In all other respects it still works normally. While it's not life or death, I had wanted to use it with a computer for off-air recording in a different room from my SLHF950. It's not a display problem, it is genuinely ignoring the tuner.

There is a suggestion on the tech section on this site - "Check resistor R040 and transistor Q66 [25A1175] on panel YC28" - but that's for the reverse problem - refusal to go into AV mode.

I do have a transport-defunct S-VHS machine which I could use as a tuner, but that means yet more cables and boxes!

I'd be very grateful if anyone out there could help.

Homer
Wednesday 19th October 2005
10:59 pm U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Juris, have you tried searching for that specific chip on Google ?? There seem to be several distributors carrying the part...

joplinbeta
Wednesday 19th October 2005
4:10 pm U.K.

tracv170@hotmail.com

Hi all... Just bought a Sony SL100 Superbeta at a thrift store. When you try to insert a tape into the machine, the transport motor reverses and forces it out. Any ideas? Thanks, Steve P.

Craig
Wednesday 19th October 2005
1:35 am U.K.

incarfitment@aol.com

OH ! , just one more thing ... does anyone have a good second hand/new video head for a Sony C9 ? ....I was a little clumsy cleaning my machine and wrecked them ... DOH !!

Craig
Wednesday 19th October 2005
1:21 am U.K.

incarfitment@aol.com

Hi there Beta fans ! , I have just become the owner of a Sanyo 5150 , nothing new there you all say , I myself must have bought and sold over 40 in the last 18 months , however this one is a little difrent being badged as a VAD-1 on the front panel , on the rear it says 5150 . It is a UK assembled machine . I wondered if it was a "special" model number for a rental outlet or something like that ? can anyone tell me about its origin ?. The machine is mint and in perfect working order after the usual idler repacement etc ! , it's for sale if anyone would like it ? . Please Email if you can tell me anything about it !

Juris Bergs
Tuesday 18th October 2005
11:16 pm U.K.

jbergs@sbcglobal.net

Having had no success in locating an IC for my SL-HF860D, I am interested in buying a parts machine. If anyone has an SL-HF860D that may have other issues but has a working clock display, which they would like to sell for a reasonable price, I would appreciate being contacted at my e-mail address: jbergs@sbcglobal.net. I would hate to throw away an otherwise good machine, in which I have already replaced numerous parts and only need an IC to operate the display. Also, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Kumar Shingwani
Tuesday 18th October 2005
4:17 pm U.K.

kshingwani@nyc.rr.com

TO: Olive Thomas

Large quantity of originals and some copies. Some of the originals havesubtitles.

kumar

Mark
Sunday 16th October 2005
11:51 am U.K.

kurgan@screaming.net

See here http://www.palsite.info/pcat_dcdc.html

Mark
Sunday 16th October 2005
11:49 am U.K.

kurgan@screaming.net

Re Ronald C9. It sounds like it may be the DC DC Convertor. A common problem with this model. The part is no longer available, but they can be fixed if you search the site.

George Devlin
Sunday 16th October 2005
2:05 am U.K.

george.devlin@comcast.net

I have a large collection of beta tapes, that contain a variety of programs that I recorded, including movies, made-for-TV-movies, TV shows, commercials, news, music videos (MTV when MTV broadcast music videos), and many other TV specials. I also have a Sony SuperBetamax SL-100 VCR which I believe needs minor repairs (and a good cleaning). Finally, I have a Sony SuperBeta movie camera, preserved in a case I purchased for it at the time I bought the camera. I am looking to sell this collection as a whole or in lots and want to post this here before I go off to e-bay and other venues. Please e-mail me if you are interesting in any of these beta products, I hate to part with them but it's time to move on.

Olive E Thomas
Saturday 15th October 2005
9:46 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Useful info for people looking to use that old video camera they found at a yard sale...

http://www.brogers.addr.com/Web/10pinvideofaq.htm

Covers 'standard' 10 pin and Sony's 14 pin 'K' connector.

Ronald Pinter
Saturday 15th October 2005
9:12 am U.K.

Roni14519@yahoo.co.uk

I just inherited an old C9 from my late father, and noticed that the tuning signal is not working ,and cannot tune the C9 to the TV set, any one has any ideas how to fix this...

Thanks in advance

Ronald

Boby
Friday 14th October 2005
3:35 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmaill.com

Sarah;Have you checked Rubber Belt (inside the Machine /can be found on the lower deck).Rubber elasticity decrease due to aging.On the picture problem you can clean the Rotary Drum (Shinny metallic cylinder on the upper deck) by using NonResidual Spray (Carbondioxide Spray Can)/Cheap Video Head cleaner.If you can clean the Head manually use high grade Alcohol with cotton bud.(Do not touch the Head Eye;it is fragile);at last Clean the Tape Path along the way.This standard procedure usually helps.

sarah lincoln
Friday 14th October 2005
3:09 pm U.K.

sarahlincoln1@hotmail.co.uk

hi there,i have just been given a sony c7 and there is a couple of faults 1,the rewind does not work either in picture search or fast rewind. 2 the video will play a tape but when you start switching from tape to tape you get a "wobble" effect on the picture.are these faults repairable ? any help is most welcome thanks

Boby
Friday 14th October 2005
9:17 am U.K.

bobymc@hotmaill.com

Juris; What appears to be the faulty condition on that microprocessor(IC)?Are you doing Programming/Recording timer.I have 1 unit 860D in good working order.Have you check Microswithces?(Rusty contact inside is the common problem that makes a circuit inoperable)

Olive E Thomas
Friday 14th October 2005
6:12 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Another rare (for this side of the Mexican border) Beta model on the block...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5819184486

SL-S770 - essentially an SL-700 (which was an SL-HF 450 without the HiFi) with your choice of voltage capability. Variable slo-mo control was it's big selling feature.

PAL version was the SL-F90

http://www.palsite.com/slf90ovi.html

Juris Bergs
Thursday 13th October 2005
7:23 pm U.K.

jbergs@sbcglobal.net

I am following up my message of October 5th regarding a microprocessor for my SL-HF860D. Since posting my original message, I have learned that this is the IC that controls the clock display and that the Sony part number is 875994260 (description number MB88551-271N). Unfortunately, since Sony has discontinued this item, I seem to be out of luck unless I can find a used one that still works.

JOE
Thursday 13th October 2005
4:03 pm U.K.

JODIEROSEJOE@AOL.COM

I HAVE A FEW HUNDRED BETA MOVIE FROM FACES OF DEATH, DISNEY CLASSICS AND ALSO ADULT CLASSICS. ALL IN BETA FORMAT. HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT SELLING THESE TO COLLECTORS? THANK YOU FOR ANY INFORMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME.

Olive E Thomas
Thursday 13th October 2005
12:19 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

To Kumar: Are those studio prints or off-air or copied from another tape/DVD recordings? Do they have English subtitles or dubbing?

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 12th October 2005
9:47 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

To Adrian...

http://www.palsite.info/kcon.html

Has pinouts for the K-connector.

Kumar Shingwani
Wednesday 12th October 2005
9:17 pm U.K.

kshingwani@nyc.rr.com

Hi

I have a large quantity of Hindi Movies on Betamax NTSC format.Any interest?

Dave
Wednesday 12th October 2005
4:43 pm U.K.

betamax@rogrs.com

Hi Adrian Try Radio Shack sometimes they have the connectors You may have to find the wire for it I think I know the pin one you mean

Adrian Kealy
Wednesday 12th October 2005
11:57 am U.K.

adriankealy@hotmail.com

Can anyone please help me? I just got a 2nd hand SONY VIDEO CAMERA HVC-4000P, don't know if it works yet, but I need the pin out details, providing power/signals, so i can connect it all up. Not sure if I'll keep this camera for long, probably sell it or exchange it for something else, like a camcorder. Anyone know of a converter, or maybe a spare socket for it, which I could re-wire up. Thanks, I'd appreciate any help/advice on this.. cheers.

Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 12th October 2005
12:18 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

Looks like another Nigerian has discovered the magic of PALchat. Sorry dude, but this site has been picked over.

Acklund
Tuesday 11th October 2005
4:49 pm U.K.

jmertens@amfam.com

This really works wow

Acklund
Tuesday 11th October 2005
4:48 pm U.K.

jmertens@amfam.com

Dude

Olive E Thomas
Tuesday 11th October 2005
3:52 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

SLO-340 BI speed outfit complete with video camera and power supply...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5818165608

Only a $9 start bid on that one...

gotham
Tuesday 11th October 2005
1:11 am U.K.

sbsd630@yahoo.com

Thank you for the info Olive (E. Thomas). I'll try it out this weekend!

Homer
Tuesday 11th October 2005
12:48 am U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

miha, it looks like you can connect these speakers using three stereo 1/8" to RCA cables. Usually, on the motherboard the green connector is for the front channels, the black one for rear channels and the yellow one for sub/center channels, yet you should check the user manual to make sure. Then there should be some software program to configure the sound adapter with the appropriate number of channels.

By the way, this looks like a nice motherboard.

Alan
Monday 10th October 2005
7:47 pm U.K.

adm222@yahoo.com

There may be nothing wrong witht the chrage. I know that newer NP-1 batteries look identical to the old ones but have some type of internal differences which makes it impssible for them to be chraged in Beta portable decks. These batteries are used in professional equipment whihc does not require these extra bits and is why Sony was still making them a few years ago.

Jim Adney
Monday 10th October 2005
3:27 am U.K.

jadney@vwtype3.org

Does anyone have the schematic for a Sony AC-220? This was an AC adaptor/battery charger for the portable Sony SL-2000 Beta VCR.

I just picked one up. It puts out the voltage to run the VCR, but it won't charge a battery.I figure the problem is simple, but this is a LOT more complicated than the usual wall wart.

thanks for your help.

Jim

Olive E Thomas
Monday 10th October 2005
1:07 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

I don't think the capstan motor is the problem. It may be something to do with your computer setup - especially if what your saying is that everything you play yo your computer sounds like the out-of-sync dubbing of those 1970s kung-fu and Godzilla movies.

The capstan motor is what drives the videotape past the video and audio heads. Since it's located at the end of the head chain any defect in its operation would affect video and audio equally. Since (as you say) you can play tapes on your TV OK that would root out a capstan problem.

You might check and see if you've got the audio monitor-out switched properly. (should be the "Stereo" setting in the area under the flipper door (assuming yours isn't one of the million or so SL-HF 300s that lost their flipper door ) if you're playing back HiFi recordings (green HiFi light will be lit).

gotham
Monday 10th October 2005
12:33 am U.K.

sbsd630@yahoo.com

Hi everyone - I just discovered this great site! I have a Sony Beta SL-HF300 which plays tapes on the tv well but when transferring movies to my computer, the voices & action are not in sync. I am told (by a repairman) that I need a capstan motor - I have no idea what that is! Apparently, the repairshop couldn't get the part. I'm in New Jersey, USA. Any leads & advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks.

Boby
Sunday 9th October 2005
3:09 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmaill.com

Colin my man. I was just snoopin' round in 'underground' world and come up with that page. I imagine that page provide us some data of software/BIOS of certain microprocessor(PAL/GAL/PLCC) from Automobiles to VIDEO, but I cant be certain coz the data was all zipped and encrypted. Smart Russian.....

I'm OK here.....

colin judd
Sunday 9th October 2005
10:48 am U.K.

colinjudd@iprimus.com.au

Hi,Boby,Things are just fine here,Australia has just beaten the rest of the world cricket team 3 nil,where in the hell do you drag these websites from?By the look of it it is a Russian smugglers or black market web with some very interesting items for sale?

Sean Meskill
Saturday 8th October 2005
10:05 pm U.K.

smeskill@c0mc@$tDOTnet

All Betamax remotes are the same, basically. Any will work the basic functions, and many unlock even more functions. I use an RMT-424. Any sony VTR remote with mode 1 will work it, basically.

Dale
Saturday 8th October 2005
7:24 pm U.K.

daleatnewyork@aol.com

I finally found a Sony beta SL-HF900. It works like a dream! But.. it has no remote. Does anyone know of a "universal remote" that would work with this machine? Thanks.

Dale

miha cotman
Saturday 8th October 2005
2:06 pm U.K.

cotman_m_@hotmail.com

Yo!

Does any bdy have a clue how to pluged 5.1 spekers Mercury 5800 into motherboard FOXCONN model: NF4UK8AA on which is itegrated 7.1 sound device?

Tnx!

Sean Meskill
Saturday 8th October 2005
5:33 am U.K.

smeskill@c0mc@$tDOTnet

Hello all. I realize I don't post here often any more, but I still hunt down Betamax VCRs at every opportunity. The reason I'm posting is to let everyone know that I have solved a resounding mystery that has been nagging at me for several months. What the Hell happened to VCRGary??? It would appear that he is dead. He dropped off of ebay, and all his web sites went down. He stopped answering his phone. I googled the handle "VCRGary" and came up with nothing useful. Finally, I Googled his given name, Gary Inkman, and turned up the following:

http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/05/01/sections/local/obituaries/article_502758.php

If it asks you to "register" go instead to http://www.bugmenot.com/ and follow the process there to avoid theft of your information.

I still wonder what happened to all the ED-Beta stuff he was sitting on...

liz
Saturday 8th October 2005
12:34 am U.K.

lizv@dodo.com.au

Hi, I have a 1980s sony professional beta video camera model HVC3000P in working order that I want to sell. ( I dont know the first thing about using it) Does anyone know where a manual can be found. Thanks, Liz

Olive E Thomas
Friday 7th October 2005
9:49 pm U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

SL-700ME 7 system multisystem Betamax in a seldom seen silver colour.

http://cgi1.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5816728047

Start bid is only $1

Juris Bergs
Wednesday 5th October 2005
10:42 pm U.K.

jbergs@sbcglobal.net

A few months ago I purchased a Sony Betamax SL-HF860D on Ebay. It's condition was misrepresented by the seller. Although appearing to work initially, I soon discovered that this unit needed extensive repairs. The TV and VCR repair shop was able to find most of the needed parts. Unfortunately, it still needs a microprocessor, and Sony no longer sells this part, and the shop has exhausted its other sources as well. Therefore, I am hoping that someone on this site may be able to refer me to a source for the needed microprocessor. Failing that, I would like to know if the microprocessors in other Sony Betamax models might be compatible with the one in the SL-HF860D. I have an SL-HF70 that has other issues, but the microprocessor appears to be in operating condition. Any help of advice will be greatly appreciated. Please reply directly to my e-mail address.

John Mark Nichols
Wednesday 5th October 2005
9:28 pm U.K.

trikytrak@yahoo.com

Is there such a thing as a Sony SL-8200 tune up kit?Thanks guys.

Boby
Tuesday 4th October 2005
5:37 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Colin: I should say spend on RareBeta.

BTW if anyone can understand this

http://www.telemaster.ru/orange/proshivki.html

Many vital information there.........

Boby
Tuesday 4th October 2005
5:16 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Yes you're right. It's expensive to spend by Rare Beta.

How's things goin in Aussie.........Pretty Dandy I supposed.

Jacques
Tuesday 4th October 2005
5:03 pm U.K.

jamine@caramail.com

Hello. I'm looking for an accessory for SLF 1 : the "connectic" cable model VMC-330. Is sombody able to help me to find this cable ? I can send a picture of this model. Thanks for your help.Jack

Dewars
Tuesday 4th October 2005
4:06 pm U.K.

ggrothier@yahoo.com

Olive and Kevin:Thanks so much for your help. To access the broken part on my vcr you have to remove the bottom of the vcr and than remove the large circuit board. The leaf switch than can be removed via one screw. So that is probably the record leaf switch. My unit does not record as well as only plays for a short while. I will check out your suggestions Kevin. Thanks again to both of you for your help.

Dewars

colin judd
Tuesday 4th October 2005
10:35 am U.K.

colinjudd@iprimus.com.au

Boby,with the exchange rate of our South Pacific Peso,it makes everthing extremely expensive

Boby
Monday 3rd October 2005
6:33 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Colin ;Yup very expensive to some Betalore,

Here's another listing

http://www.ta-ka-ra.com/best50101/video4.htm

Sure dont get near that Jango heuheue......

ian
Monday 3rd October 2005
4:24 pm U.K.

ian@amphonic.co.uk

Hi,

I have a Sony Betamax video recorder hooked up with a Sony F1 PCM 701ES, I need a good home for the guys, they are both in mint condition... what do you guys think?

K. Lambert
Monday 3rd October 2005
10:18 am U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

DewarsThere are 3 'leaf spring switches' in any Sanyo front loading Beta and two for a top loaderThe 1st is located near the pinch roller at the front edge of the left spool and it's purpose is to shut off the loading ring motor when it reaches the full loaded (tape threaded) position.The problem you would have if this was damaged would be the tape ring loading motor would over run.The second one is located in the left hand side next to the left spool and this detects when a cassette has been loaded into the machine (it's a mechanical one for a top loading Sanyo's usually gold in colour).The problem you would have if this was damaged or missing is no functions at all and no initialisation of the reel motor when inserting a tape.The third one is located on the right hand side next to the right spool and this detects whether the record prevention tab is present or not.The only problem you would have if this one was missing or damaged would be no RECORDING.If all the idlers belts and the pulleys are cleaned and new then you can illiminate these items.It could be the reel motor getting tired.It could be the small red LED sensor under the right spool having dust over it and not detecting pulses,very rarely is this part defective.I hope this helps and feel free to e-mail anytime............Kevin (UK)

Olive E Thomas
Monday 3rd October 2005
7:04 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

I would suspect that the leaf switch you broke is one for the record tab detector since other transport controls still function.

barimix
Monday 3rd October 2005
5:20 am U.K.

barimix@gmail.com

hi

Dewars
Monday 3rd October 2005
4:07 am U.K.

ggrothier@yahoo.com

Well after replacing the belts, idler and pinch roller, I have found another problem with my Sanyo 4400. The "leaf switch" is broken. Actually the plastic piece that attaches to one of the metal feelers has broken off. And of course the part is not available from Sanyo per Studio Sound Electronics. Their suggestion is to obtain a similar model for parts and hope the leaf switch is working or hot glue the part back on (but that would be a quick fix that probably would not last long. The Company has been excellent in helping me, if you don't mind the plug.

To refresh you all with my problem at this point, is that the unit now rewinds and fast forwards ok and loads a tape for play but shuts off after about 10-20 seconds. The tape does not advance thru the machine during the play function.

Does anyone know what the "leaf switch" is used for? Would this be the possible solution to my unit not playing?

Thanks again for everyones help.

Dave
Sunday 2nd October 2005
1:09 pm U.K.

Betama@rogers.com

Hi This is MY AD on ebay if anyone is interested contact me through Ebayhttp://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5814892547&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1

colin judd
Sunday 2nd October 2005
10:38 am U.K.

colinjudd@iprimus.com.au

Hi,Boby,a bit expensive to trip to Holland to scoop some of those wonders of Beta

Olive E Thomas
Sunday 2nd October 2005
5:33 am U.K.

olive_e_thomas@yah.cm

My Betas sure do get around...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betamax

Boby
Saturday 1st October 2005
7:56 pm U.K.

boby@usa.net.xx

http://cgi.ebay.nl/Italo-Western-Django-Ein-Sarg-voll-Blut-VPS-Pappe_W0QQitemZ6436031755QQcategoryZ7725QQssPageNameZWD2VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Real cool huh....

Boby
Saturday 1st October 2005
7:51 pm U.K.

boby@usa.net.xx

http://www.veilingkijker.nl/?actie=zoeken&zoekopdracht=betamax

Many splendour things........

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