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Wednesday 26th April 2017

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Olive E Thomas
Wednesday 26th April 2006
7:41 am U.K.

¿live_e_th¿mas@yah¿¿.com

Krikey! An SL-HF 750 on offer Down Under!

This bloke has been in use as an NTSC->PAL conversion VTR and is no longer needed....

http://cgi1.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=9718186441

$186 USD but I bet shipping is gonna be a beaut!

Noel Higgins
Wednesday 26th April 2006
2:40 am U.K.

noel.higgins@acma.nospam.au

In response to

Name: Frankster, Saturday 22nd April 2006 9:04 am U.K. Time

Regarding a fix for "an SL-F30 and it seems to suffer muffled sound". The pinch roller could be a contributing factor but the pinch roller from a C7 is not interchangeable.

1/ Check that the High/low tone switch on the lower right hand side of the front is set to high. 2/ Clean the audio head and try recording on a new tape and playback to see if the sound is better than when using prerecorded tapes.

2a/ If not, then you probably have a tape alignement or other electrical fault to fix. (refer service manual)

2b/ If it is better then you still have an alignment fault but it has more to do with the azmyth setting of the head as well a tape path perhaps. 9AGAIN REFER SERVICE MANUAL

3/ Check that the back tension is sufficient. Low tension causes poor tape to head contact.

4/ Check the edge of the tape for damage. (can happen with really bad alignment)

regards Noel

doctor1024.8
Tuesday 25th April 2006
9:48 pm U.K.

doctor@nec.com

I have a few NEC, Sony SLHF900 and a couple toshiba's.They all work perfectly, BUT are missing the very important Doors. I can'tstand to use these beta's without the door. Does anyone know a supplier that sells door??

Would appreciate any help because these missing doors are driving me crazy!!!!!!

scott
Tuesday 25th April 2006
9:17 pm U.K.

scottie@screaming.com

I just bought a used EDV 9000 - USA equivalent is EDV 9500. But mine came with no remote control. Anyone out there have one to sell or know the remote’s model number?

Thanks,Scottie@screaming.com

Barbara
Monday 24th April 2006
8:43 pm U.K.

b-beza@umn.edu

Hello!We have received a number of video cassettes in an archival collection here and I have never seen this particular size of cassette before. The tape is a Toshiba. It is labelled "L-250", "78m", "[beta symbol]Video".The cassette dimensions are:1" thick, 3.75" wide and 5" long. IS this BetaCam? BetaSP? We have some Beta tapes here in other collections, but they more closely resemble the size of VHS tapes.I'll thank anybody in advance for helping out an ignoramus here!

Thanks!Barbara

Guy
Monday 24th April 2006
2:59 pm U.K.

Guy420@yahoo.com

ote: the problem could be mechanical (something interfering with the tray movement) or electrical (microprocessor control). I think your choice is to open it to have a look inside, or box it up and return it. I'd opt for the latter.

ote
Monday 24th April 2006
6:37 am U.K.

otesound@gmail.com

I just won a panasonic DMR-T2020 dvd recorder on ebay. Got it and when I plug it in the darn tray comes out. I push the close button, but after closing it just immediatley opens up again. If I push the power button the unit freezes until I unplug and plug back in. Then we start it all over. I need some help if anyone has a clue what could be up.

Bernard Wuthrich
Sunday 23rd April 2006
4:33 am U.K.

truffels1@juno.com

GreetingsI have a nice collection of foreign movies on Beta tape. I also have a Sony SL-HF360. The problem is tracking lines in the picture that I cannot get rid of with the tracking correction switch. The sound also reflects and repeats the tracking error. The lines and the audio noise makes a play back vitually impossible. Can anyone fix it?Or should I purchase a new machine?Thanks for your adviseBernard

jeffoldbean
Saturday 22nd April 2006
5:27 pm U.K.

0ldbean@gotadsl.co.uk

For Frankster,how have you hooked up this machine.have you cleaned the ACE HEAD heads.Maybe you are an old tape fan?, in suspecting a duff pinch roller.Also where are you?.

jeffoldbean.

Frankster
Saturday 22nd April 2006
8:04 am U.K.

coldlasagna@hotmail.com

Greetings folks,

Wondered if anyone could suggest a fix for this one. I recently pulled my old Sony Betamax VCR out of storage. It's an SL-F30 and it seems to suffer muffled sound. The picture is clear as day, just the sound isn't too good. I've also got a C7 (I think that's what it is) but it isn't working, although when it was the sound was great on it. I'm thinking the bad sound on the SL-F30 is due to a bad pinch roller - is it possible to replace the one in the SL-F30 with the one in the C7, and if so, would this restore the sound?

Thanks for any advice :)

doc judd
Friday 21st April 2006
11:39 am U.K.

colinjudd@iprimus.com.au

Thank you Mr. Lambert for the Sanyo manual tip,I now have the manual

Guy
Wednesday 19th April 2006
10:07 pm U.K.

Guy420@yahoo.com

Here is an interesting problem: I have a Sony SL-HF900 that will "lock-up" if a completely rewound cassette is loaded (that is, if the tape leader is threaded). If the same tape is advanced beyond the leader, everthing is fine. It's like some sensor that is supposed to detect the tape leader isn't working. Any ideas on what the problam actually is and/or how to correct it?

Guy
Wednesday 19th April 2006
10:01 pm U.K.

Guy420@yahoo.com

Charlie: I think the VC-N65EU was the last Beta that NEC made, and it came out the year after the VC-N70EU. The VC-N70EU had 4-heads, mulitple speeds, and all the bells and whistles including a great remote. However, it was not a SuperBeta and did not have the B1 speed. The fact that they number the VC-N65EU lower may have been their own admission that the newer machine was not supposed to have everything the VC-N70EU had, rather it just had these other features. They may have thought that the selling point of the 65 was that it was their only SuperBeta and that the buyer would onl want SuperBeta (so no turn off switch for SuperBeta). As far as the playback speed indicator, well to be honest I don't find that very useful. I mean, as long as the machine plays the tape back at the right speed, do I really need a constant readout of the speed? One thing both NEC machiines have that I haven't seen on the other Betas is the light and mirror in the cassette compartment, which not only takes the place of the "cassette in" indicator, but also lets you see how much tape remains.

Charlie
Wednesday 19th April 2006
9:08 pm U.K.

betaman50@yahoo.com

Guy,I have a Nec65 and I really like it but have always been disappointed in the lack of features on such a nice deck. For instance, there's no way to shut off the super Beta like there is on Sonys and Sanyos.Also there's no indicator to tell you what speed your playing back in.It's a nice machine but they could of done a lot better!Although the B1 speed playback picture is great I really can't tell the difference between it and B11.Charlie

Boby
Wednesday 19th April 2006
5:52 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotmaiil.com

I have Betamax SHOW TIME introduction Casette in PAL format.....anybody interested in.?

Carl
Wednesday 19th April 2006
2:31 pm U.K.

charmkin11385@yahoo.com

I have 3 beta vcrs needing adjusting which I cannot seem to do, so I'm offering themfor sale at a nominal price. All are front loading, manual tuning. They actually look like brand new but the Sony #5000 has a picture distortion problem, the Sanyo #4400 will not move the tape in the 'play' mode and the Toshiba # V9200T has too many tracking lines in the picture. All other functions work properly. Please contact me if interested and we can discuss a price on any or all. Thanks..Carl NYC

Hossein
Wednesday 19th April 2006
1:37 pm U.K.

slacker8@hotmail.com

Does anyone remember the promo video that was given with Betamax machines? it had a guy taking the viewer on a journey, explaining the benefits of Betamax. One scene was when a kid scored a goal in a soccer game and turning to ask his mother: "did you get that". my memory is very sketchy on this but if you have any info, screenshots etc. I would be most grateful.

stever
Wednesday 19th April 2006
9:34 am U.K.

steve.rowley@publitek.com

Box of 48 Beta tapes for sale on Ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=9714797888&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1

Guy
Wednesday 19th April 2006
5:51 am U.K.

Guy420@yahoo.com

I was watching a few movies and comparing my NEC-VC65EU (SuperBeta with BIs recording capability) to one of my Sony SL-HF900 decks. I have to admit, the picture was actually better on the NEC (which I got for $10). The deck gets a bad rap for not having enough bells and whistles. However, in addition to its BIs recording capability, this NEC deck also has a nice LED for tracking, and the remote even has an EJECT button. I've only seen the latter on the remote for the SL-HF1000. So, I'm sort of liking my NEC VC65EU...does anybody else have one?

K Lambert
Tuesday 18th April 2006
11:25 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Betamadmax:Yeah, after reading that lot again , it's a good job i can laugh at myself.......humour...what would we do without it...the mind boggles.....I'd try E-Bay for the Sony manuals...if you WERE being serious that is :)............................Kevin

betamadmax
Tuesday 18th April 2006
7:39 pm U.K.

dan-gleeballs@hotmail.co.uk

and what about sony manuals?

only joking lol,, was sooo funny reading your last posts

K Lambert
Tuesday 18th April 2006
6:28 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Last time...here goes go to http://www.sanyo.co.uk click on entertainment,a small subfile will appear,click on 'video' then look to the right and in a small box is INSTRUCTION manuals,click on that and pick the one you want.The Beta selection is at the bottom.....I think i'll give myself a medal now...........i'm off to give my brain a rest.....................Kevin

K Lambert
Tuesday 18th April 2006
6:23 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

The website address is http://www.sanyo.co.uk No click on the end of that!..................kevin

K Lambert
Tuesday 18th April 2006
6:21 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Well..this is turning out to be a flippin pain in the butt:)Better still Got to http://www.sanyo.co.uk....click on 'video' on the left.then look to the right in a small box and click on instruction manuals.Go to the one you want and 'bob's your uncle' ...for FREE too..........if this does'nt work.........i'll say no more...........Kevin

K Lambert
Tuesday 18th April 2006
6:18 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi Again.Yes i've just found out the link is closed if you don't access the site for a while......here's a direct link to the UK home page. http://www.sanyo.co.uk/scripts/hsrun.exe/Distributed/NF_iFramework_UK/NF_iFramework_UK.htx;;flag=restart;start=HS_UK_Index......When you get this up click on video and then look to the right.There's a small box with instruction manuals in.Click on that and then select the one you want.You'll also need adobe to read/print these out.Better luck this time..............Kevin

K Lambert
Tuesday 18th April 2006
5:19 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi Guys:..Here's a direct link to the Sanyo website for anyone looking for their INSTRUCTION NOT SERVICE manuals...http://www.sanyo.co.uk/scripts/hsrun.exe/Distributed/NF_iFramework_UK/StateId/R1EJsV2bGLyCZEePtiarCd9_ZXeU3-U-I4/HAHTpage/HS_DocBrowser?DocType1=Instruction%20ManualsI get asked this quite a bit so hope this helps.........Happy viewing ....kevin

Jack Lindsay
Tuesday 18th April 2006
3:04 pm U.K.

jackl@iprimus.com.au

G'Day I am looking for instruction manual for Sanyo VTC M10 I have just bought 2 of them, and I am trying to get a good one out of the two, But I need a manual to set them up .Can anyone help please. Jack L

K Lambert
Tuesday 18th April 2006
2:30 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Betamadmax:If knowone on here can help i stongly suggest E-bay.I've had quite a few Sony L750 Blank NEW box sets of 10.The remote has come up a few times too..........Kevin

betamadmax
Tuesday 18th April 2006
1:32 pm U.K.

dan-gleeballs@hotmail.co.uk

hi,

would anyone know where i can get a box of 10 sealed blank tapes L500 or L750?

cheers and a long shot... remote for a sony slc6 -ub mark2 i think it is a rm-72

Bernard Cadogan
Monday 17th April 2006
9:54 pm U.K.

cadogangb@hotmail.com

I guess I solved my own problem - eventually I found a small catch way down on the right hand side of the cassette machanism - just about where the cam goes down to - push this to the front of the machine and it released the cassette. Easy when you know how.

Bernard Cadogan
Monday 17th April 2006
8:24 pm U.K.

cadogangb@hotmail.com

I have a Sony SL-C9UB which has a tape stuck in it. The nylon peg on the right hand side (as you look at the front) of the mechanism has jumped out of its socket. I guess this has happened because something is holding the tape tray down in the machine (it is in the fully loaded position). I cannot for the life of me see what can be holding the cassette tray down, and therefore I cannot work out how to free it. I'm loath to take the machine completely to bits in case I do more harm than good. Can anyone advise me on what might be holding the tray down please?

Guy
Sunday 16th April 2006
3:53 pm U.K.

Guy420@yahoo.com

I have always thought that the two pinnacles of human innovation for the coordinated workings of electronic and mechanical systems were the Apollo spacecraft (for government) and the Betamax VTR (for industry). Because most of us can't get our hands on Apollo spacecraft to fix annd maintain, we have the Betamax. After Betas, VCRs became much more mundane (except for some of the professional S-VHS models, which are also fun), and then video became completely digital, which is rather boring and ultimately disposable. Well, that's my two cents on why I like to be surrounded by Betas.

K Lambert
Sunday 16th April 2006
11:05 am U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Guy:What can i say but a very sincere THANKYOU.....:Noel, yes i agree whether we like to say that or not these machines ARE antiques and need lots of care and respect.....I love to help other if i can because you do find that ellusive problem can have been found and rectified by some of us at some time or another......Keep up the good work guys and friendly, helpful advise and enlightening comments.........i think i'd feel lost without them now:)...........Kevin

Noel Higgins
Sunday 16th April 2006
12:54 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Ron,

I agree with that summary also, though if you had owned a Morris 1100 you might take a more middle groung on reliability compared to the Jag. The interesting thing is that betas are working antiques, and as long as enough of us are interested in keeping them going as long as is economically and practically possible, then they serve a purpose. This site and the sharing of information will help that end. I have a number of models of machines not listed here which I hope to contribute information to the site on over the coming months.Palsite itself is a virtual museum which will be the most practical way of seeing the history of these machines in future. I hope that others might do the same, given the ease of communicating via the internet of the availability easy digital imaging these days.

regards Noel

Guy
Sunday 16th April 2006
12:49 am U.K.

Guy420@yahoo.com

Kevin: Regarding your requests for Sanyo 7250 accessories, here is a remote on eBay that will work it:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=9708230643&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1

Also, I have the manual, so I will send you a PDF when I get the chance to scan it.

K Lambert
Saturday 15th April 2006
2:26 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Ron:I have to agree with you there in all respects.A VERY fair comment.I'm glad i'm giving the Beta enthusiasts something different to read and mull over.As we hav'nt any new machines to talk about.I too also think it amazing how well these 'older' vcr's were put together.......especially i'f you've ever seen inside the very last generation of VHS models made....SHOCKING to say the least!It's also nice to here from others with an opinion in the matter....we all have our reasons why we like what we do....it'd be boring if we all liked the exact same thing....It is important though to have had the experience or access to the machines mentioned before raising your preference and i think most here do that admirably....I'm glad this site is here.....it's given me food for thought a few times, you learn a lot too................Kevin

K Lambert
Saturday 15th April 2006
11:30 am U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

JSP: I find that really surprising as i have most editions of the 5 regular video mags that were out in the eighties and there was NEVER EVER a mention to this model.....Why on earth not....Yes i also remeber when sanyo released their VHS rnage under their own name ( instead of Fisher) i still have the mags with this news in it.I believe it was the VHR1100e;1300e and 1500e .Very similar in design and range to their current Beta line up M10;M20 and M30.I also don't think the NX100 did the format any good the picture on playback was surprisingly grainy or noisy for a Beta ( i have seen many and all the same so it was'nt any fault) and that was one machine from Sanyo i WAS dissappointed in.A journalist asked if they would be releasing their 7250 Superbeta in the UK and the product manager said it was highly unlikely.....WHY? Sony did with their SLHF950. So maybe Sanyo released the M50 instead knowing Beta was losing sales very fast and thought it a safer option?? You ask why buy the M50 when you can have the HF100. ...because it keeps the tape laced up all the time and they were'nt all that reliable ( faulty LUV meters , drum bearing issues and the mysterious nonplayback of Hi-Fi sound even the the Hi-Fi light is lit...knowone still has the answer to that....that i'.... aware of not worn heads either.).You may say the M40 has issues but i'm sure you'll agree far longer lasting and so easy to sort out.I've never seen a M50 for sale on E-bay either......so there can't be many ( if any )in the UK.................Kevin

JSP
Saturday 15th April 2006
2:25 am U.K.

not@given.com

Sanyo M50's were available in the UK from about 1986 through to about 1988. They weren't cheap. Not the nicest looking machine - they had a VHS out at the time which looked almost identicle.

Not many were sold in Australia at all, I would say price had a bit to do with it, why buy the sanyo when you can have a HF-100 for only $50 more - might seem like a lot now, but remember the machines were in the 700 - 800 mark back then.

Noel Higgins
Friday 14th April 2006
11:43 pm U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Yes, a stereo tuner from memory. I don't think I got that wrong.

K Lambert
Friday 14th April 2006
8:26 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

NoelHHHMmmmmmm , I wonder why the UK did'nt get that opportunity????? Stereo tuner too....that was a surprise......As soon as i get my scanner hooked up i'll see what i can do..bear with me.........Kevin

Noel Higgins
Friday 14th April 2006
12:41 pm U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Kevin,

Yes, you have a point there with the Sanyo M40, it gets hotter here. Older Marconi signal generators didn't like our summers much either. I would like some info (scans perhaps if you can) of the video waveform points to check head playback amp levels. A copy of the caps servo lock circuit would also be great. Worn third head you say, yes that could be the problem. Though I recall a loss of vertical sync in playback last time I looked at that machine. I had an M30 from South Africa also but they lack a lowband VHF tuner section. They have an odd tuner arrangement for programming as well!

The M50 is a PAL machine and I guess it went to Europe too, since it had the Pal D German stereo tuner. Austrlia adopted the twin carrier sound system also. We also have VHF and UHF TV channels like Europe. I am guessing it was not just made for the little Australian population back then.

regards Noel

K Lambert
Friday 14th April 2006
10:30 am U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Noel: You raise an interesting quesion there regarding the Sanyo M50.Until three years ago ( thanks to this site) i was'nt even aware there was such a model!What market was it made for and was it PAL....?As for the M30 the only fault i've ever seen with this model (twice) was what seemed to be a worn third video head for the clear still and frame by frame modes.The normal play and record was perfect.I've also heard that a lot of the Sanyo models that are in Australia have had power overheating problems....maybe it's just your country is a bit HOT :)I'll also add that has NEVER ( in my knowledge) happened to a UK model.i also agree with you in that the many models i've serviced that storing of an unused machine can be a godsend or a nightmare.......The inside of some of the 5000's i've worked on had to be seen to be believed....filthy ,full of muck and dust and was obviously not boxed ( an absolute MUST if storing it) and obviously in a damp environment.However whne cleaned and given a good thorough going over they amze me how well they perform..they just need a bit of love ( don't we all):)Then i had another one ,just recently that had been stored for X amount of years in a box and it's virtually immaculate...i was totally gobsmacked......If you want any info on the Sanyo M30 i have the service manuals.For some strange reason this info is'nt yet avalable for the M10 and M20.All the other models though i have the service info...................Kevin

Noel Higgins
Thursday 13th April 2006
11:53 pm U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Interesting comments. I have no problems with all of the above, we all have our preferences. I forgot to mention that with time I am finding the SLC9 SS-11 boards are having issues. If the machines have been stored and/or used in less than ideal conditions (high humidity etc) then the caps are leaking and apart from drift issues and such, corrosion of the tracks and dust/moisture leakage paths around the op amps and Cmos components are stopping capstan control/lock in either normal or trick play modes. I guess fixing these Sonys presents a challenge which I don't mind. They certainly are complicated.

I would be interested in getting service information on the Sanyo M30. I have 2 or three of these with playback quality and servo lock issues. I have resisted jumping in and adjusting anything until I have an indication of waveforms and measurement points.

I have 2 M40s. The mint condition M40 has just had its power supply give up and the other has worn HiFi heads. I have at least one of most models, though not all working. I just sold a mint NX10. Of interest is that it has a one button program record feature.

You have not mentioned the M50, (stereo HiFi machine) maybe it didn't sell in UK. I have seen four of them and fixed belts on two. Your right about the mainly belts problems. One was grey the others black. I don't like the style of the sloping front compared to the M40, but the last one I fixed worked really well.

As to the reliability of DVD players, I am mostly talking cheap models so I guess you get what you pay for reliablility wise. I go for the chinese models though because they play anything and you can get rid of macrovision. Also they have a great range of output connection options and well featured remote controls.

regards Noel.

K Lambert
Thursday 13th April 2006
11:08 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Oh.......i almost forgot.I also have a Sanyo M10( quite a rare model) that is used regularly.A lot better in terms of picture quality than the NX100 that replaced it ( Sanyo's last UK model Beta).I also obtained in MINT shape a Sanyo 7250 SUPERBETA.Boy was i dissappointed they did'nt go that route for a PAL model.I think it would've sold especially knowing how agressively Sanyo marketed Betamax, and i feel Beta would'nt have survived for half as long without their efforts.They really made an effort in that machine and managed to slim it it down somewhat with only one idler doing all the work (all other Sanyo beta's used 2).Mind you the pulley was made of brass this time around.......No remote or manual though so if anyone out there has one for the Sanyo SuperBeta 7250 ..i'd be interested.........Kevin

K Lambert
Thursday 13th April 2006
9:50 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Well....... in response to the two previous comments i have two Sanyo DVD systems the 1500 and dc760ts and i've had no problems with either ( i know the 1500 suffered from a slightly smaller memory (for the over complicated special feature discs) but this was rectified by Sanyo with a upgrading disc....needless to say the quality is stunning on both.I understand Sony has many fans( probably most of the Betaphiles prefer them) but i owned a new Toshiba V31B and when i realised how badly my tapes were worn only after a years use i definetley decided NOT to go the always laced up route.It made my origional 5000 seem like it really took care of the fragile magnetic tape cassette.I have also owned briefly a Sony SLHF100, SLHF950 and C20. All these machines were in excellent to mint shape and it did give me the opportunity to see for myself what most were shouting about in terms of quality.I will admit though to not liking using the FF or REW due to the obvious wear it produces.I sold them on before any issues became apparent.So i have had the benefit of seeing for myself...yes i WAS impressed.the Sanyo's however are perfectly acceptable in my opinion and if the picture was as poor as some reviewers stated i would'nt use them.You must also take into account they acheived it with the bargain prices they sold for NO mean feat......that would make the quality and value EXCELLENT for the money........and you can't ignore many are still going strong today.........i have absolute proof of that.......:) In 1982/3 My next machine(after my origional 5000) was the Sanyo M20( as i always wanted to go with a infra red remote option and got fed up with crouching to the floor to pause out the Tv adverts))..............Stunning machine just the usual idler/motor issues ( after excessive use i might add).Then came my M30..great machine.I now have in my possession a MINT 5000II, Excellent 5150,MINT M40 x2 , Excellent 6500 ,Mint M30,Mint M20....yes the inside was virtually unused as was the 5000II.I also own A Sanyo VHR190e Nicam VHS and Sanyo VHR874e DVS Nicam model and both have been used frequently and are around 14 and 16 years old respectively.I have serviced them both and they have served me VERY well.Apart from 'mode switch issues' and a sticky idler clutch they have ( and still are) working as good as new.Most importantly though I CAN RELY on any of those machines......I also agree it IS amazing that these Beta's are still going strong all these years later and it is also good some are willing to service the Sony's..........i prefer Sanyo for the reasons above and for there simplicity in servicing and removing, adjusting items.I also like their design and they WERE built to last.Lets' face it rubber will always deteriorate with age...........the other machine parts are near bombproof......Another thing i will say too, if you look after these items and only use decent tapes and the like they will reward you with a long life as i have proved.A good service over a period of time too will keep everything in great order......I don't know why but i'm still fascinated and enjoy working with these machines that many people wrote off a long time ago.They seem to be shocked when i mention the word BETAMAX too..........then again we all know better don't we...........Kevin

Bjorn
Thursday 13th April 2006
8:10 pm U.K.

bjornatat@hotmail.com

I agree to some point that Sanyo had mechanical problems, all those rubber bands have to snap at some point, but in terms of picture quality and reliability, they were better (in my own opinion of course). I had 2 Sony C30s, and an F30, all which kept giving me trouble, various issues from the hall effect to dodgy pictures, colour imbalances and other PCB related problems. My Sanyo machines, one band goes ping, just replace it!!! excuse the crude descriptions. The C9, what a beautie!!! can't argue with you there, but it still had it's issues. My M30, MONO as it is, but she's been loyal, rarely gone wrong. Until now!!! I must have been through just as many Digital Versitilish Disasters in so many years. Beta is still Better. I wonder what DVD really stands for!!!

Noel Higgins
Thursday 13th April 2006
11:15 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Well, having noted some comments above, I can't resist commenting on the fact that I like Sony machines the best. They ended up with the most advanced and well featured PAL machines with the SLC9 and the SLHF950 being the best. However, because they are so complicated they have more issues. It is simple maths - more components more potential problems and it's an exponential thing.

I guess that since I have readily obtained Sony service manuals, that tends to colour my judgement. I do however fix all brands, if I can. Toshiba and Sanyo suffer much more from mechanical issues - mainly drive belts and reel motor failures. Sony has drum motor issues across their later models. Head wear might be more of an issue with them but I think that is because they lasted longer before they had a major failure. Lets face it, to have 20 yr old plus machines still going and performing as well as the Beta machines do is amazing. I am on my 4th DVD player in 5 years.

regards Noel

David Hadaway
Wednesday 12th April 2006
4:21 pm U.K.

dhad000@nospamyah00.com

The professional FR4 epoxy fiberglass boards should last indefinitely. I don't know of any consumer vcrs that use them. Other types--phenolic, paper, whatever, would get brittle with time, depending on the temp and humidity, and crack under stress.

doc judd
Wednesday 12th April 2006
10:36 am U.K.

colinjudd@iprimus.com.au

I am a fence for Sony,my SL HF300 Just keeps on running,also my Sanyo VT 5005,good machine

betamadmax
Tuesday 11th April 2006
11:27 pm U.K.

dan-gleeballs@hotmail.co.uk

ohh swearing!!

my sony c6 is 24 years old and works a treat, the picture was a pit odd but the more i use it the better it gets, i have a vhs but its so dull i keep it hidden in the bedroom, my betmax lives in the sitting room along with my nintendo nes!

Bjorn
Tuesday 11th April 2006
8:15 pm U.K.

bjornatat@hotmail.com

Hi Alan, parts for Sony machines are readilly available, just got to know where to look. Feel free to e-mail me with a list of what you want, I'll see if I can get them. I'm afraid I have to disagree with your last comment. I love the older VCRs even, new ones just lack the quality and aren't worth repairing, had there been new Beta machines of course we would want to own them, but I still love my M30, nearly 20 years old, and as good as it ever was. I used to have a VTC9600 and loved tinkering with that machine just for the sake of it. They don't make them how they used to!!! Had Beta lived, I'd still go Sanyo over Sony.

alan
Tuesday 11th April 2006
6:17 pm U.K.

adm222@yahoo.com

Have a dead SL HF-1000 that I have been told neeeds the sub chasis assembly to hopefully join the stack of working Betamax decks (that seems to be getting shorter). The part is no longer availabel from Sony, their part number is X36916431 I know some folks on here seem to have acess to obsolete parts Sony of course will not make them any more so once parts are gone they are gone, this of course would not have been a problem had they continued to come up with neat new Betamax decks every year or so like they did from 1975-~1991. I suspect we would not be trying to keep the old ones alive if there wer new ones that were much better out there..

coi em
Tuesday 11th April 2006
8:45 am U.K.

coxanhlet@yahoo.com

how to use this page?

Homer
Tuesday 11th April 2006
12:29 am U.K.

doh@hotmail.com

Does anyone here know what should be the average service life of a printed circuit board in ideal conditions (i.e. no mechanical, environmental or electrical stress beyond ratings) ? I recall hearing somewhere that it should be about 30 years, yet I can't find any source to confirm this. Any info appreciated.

K Lambert
Monday 10th April 2006
10:32 am U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Docjudd: I believe there's a switch on the rear ..is it on?Also the power supply mains fitler capacitor is known to fail causing the fuse to blow when plugging these units in to a iffy supply ( like multi plug extensions e.t.c) It also effected the Sanyo 5000,5150 and 6500.You'd have to up the value to a 0.0047aef(350vA.C).I believe the origional is a 0.1 aef (250v A.C).It is a well known problem in those models........hope it helps........Kevin

doc judd
Monday 10th April 2006
9:27 am U.K.

colinjudd@iprimus.com.au

Greetings,I have been given a Toshiba V33a,Iplug it in,nothing,is there a fuse or something that I CAN CHANGE?Or is just good for a boat anchor??

Bjorn
Sunday 9th April 2006
4:38 pm U.K.

bjornatat@hotmail.com

thanks Kevin, I agree with you, I've had bad experiences with Sony's for a long time, remember minidisk? my player lasted a year then went bust. Anyway, never had a major problem with Sanyo machines, did at one point have a VTC9600, my best machine. Rubber band city as I used to call it, but it rarely went wrong. My M30, had been good and faithful for ages, this is the only major work it has ever needed, although this idler problem is annoying me, the new idler seems to have made little difference. Good news however, the damaged machine is almost ready to go. Just got to repair the front load assembly which took the worst damage. She may appear on ebay, yet again I'm getting rather attached to her. My next job is on a Hitachi VHS machine. Unfortunately I have to have one of those things.

fadi ayoub
Saturday 8th April 2006
11:28 am U.K.

fadi_300_300@hotmail.com

j'aime la vie

K Lambert
Saturday 8th April 2006
10:58 am U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

BjornAs to your last comment,that's why i don't touch the Sonys together with the head wear and tape wear issues.As well renound as the Sony name is ,i too am surprised at this finding.I don't think it did the Beta format any good either.Sanyo were definetley a godsend in the whole matter....I will send you my details to your private e-mail address..........................Kevin

Noel Higgins
Saturday 8th April 2006
10:34 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Guy,

I tried to send that circuit to your email address and it bounced. Never mind. I would be checking out the lock of the capstan servo circuit. Sounds like an "out of lock" problem. Could be caused by something as simple as varying tracking pulse level due to tape ripple caused by poor path or back tension problems. I think you need to compare the servo lock waveforms and see if any changes are linked with the drop out. I suspect the heads video output will be varying in level also, which would prove that it is a tracking problem.

regards Noel

Bjorn
Saturday 8th April 2006
6:32 am U.K.

bjornatat@hotmail.com

Thanks for the offer Kevin, I would be most interested, please e-mail me with details as to how much etc... I have owned a Sony F1, and dealt with similar issues. Not the colour issue directly, but the noisy lines on the screen whatever mode the machine is in. The ended up being a problem with one of the circuits in the Power supply unit. I'll try to remember how I overcame the other issues with the machine. Just give me a couple of days and I'll get back to you. I've serviced quite a lot of Sony machines, they always seem to go wrong more than the Sanyo ones.

Guy
Saturday 8th April 2006
1:52 am U.K.

guy420@yahoo.com

Thanks Noel, but I have the service manual. The problem is that even with the service manual I haven't been able to figure out exactly where the problem is on the board. I was thinking that if enough of us had the same problem, I would have a better chance of figuring it out. It's like the "every 3 second noise" problem that the SL-2300s and SL-2400s develop; many machines have the problem, but no one knows what the problem really is (many attribute the problem to dried up capacitors, but I have replaced every one of the caps and the problem persists).

Noel Higgins
Friday 7th April 2006
11:19 pm U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Guy,

I have a manual - do you know the board name? I can probably scan the circuit and board layout for you and send it if that is your correct email.

regards Noel (Betaheaven - Australia)

K Lambert
Friday 7th April 2006
8:01 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Guy:I don't have access too ,own or service Sony machines.....sorry........Kevin

Guy
Friday 7th April 2006
7:30 pm U.K.

Guy420@yahoo.com

Kevin and Bjorn: what issues are you having with your Sony F1 machines? The F1 looks like the UK version of the SL-2000 here in the US. I have several, and all but one work fine. The one issue I have with one is that it only plays in black and white. The problem is in the top board (with the chroma controls), because everything is fine if I swap it out, but I haven't yet been able to pinpoint the problem on the original board.

K Lambert
Friday 7th April 2006
4:03 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Omar:I'd try E-bay The online auction site...........................Kevin(UK)

OMAR
Friday 7th April 2006
12:46 pm U.K.

eljomar@libero.it

Hi to everyone, first excuse me if i'll do some error but i'm not so good in english,Bw i want to ask if someone could tell me where can i sell about 40 - 50 videocassette BETAMAX L 125 and L 250 PRO because my uncle have found it in his old store. was hidden under other product and now he have close his job.Thank's to everyone can help meBye byeOmar P.s. I'm Italian an i live in Padua near Venice Bye bye

Noel Higgins
Friday 7th April 2006
8:52 am U.K.

noel.higgins@nospam.acma.gov.au

Peter,

That's great news - well done. I'm having issues with an F1 as well. similar problem.

p raven
Thursday 6th April 2006
7:35 pm U.K.

peterraven@fsmail.net

To Noel Higgins,

I have fixed my C30, once you explained which the yc-25 board was I swapped it with the one in my c20 and it is now working perfectly. Thankyou for your help.... My F1 will have to wait a while....

K Lambert
Thursday 6th April 2006
6:36 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi BjornYes you're correct it's the top board that has to be flipped up VD1.When you've flipped it up and locked it The chip your looking for is M51463P.If you look to where the tuner is and look directly up it's the biggest chip directly above the tuner board.I have heard of this causing monochrome performance in the Sanyo M10/20 (not in any i've owned or serviced though) and i see know reason why it should'nt affect the same for the M30. I have one i could remove (from a 'spares' machine) that i know works if you have difficulties sourcing one....................Kevin

Bjorn
Thursday 6th April 2006
5:13 pm U.K.

bjornatat@hotmail.com

Hi again Kevin,basically, I work better with service manuals. Which board are we talking about looking at for this chip? I can spend all day searching PCBs getting nowhere. I didn at one point have JPEG photos of all the boards in my machine as well as the components, to sort of build up a video map of my own. I use these to navigate my way around a lot of beta machines. Due to a computer problem I lost the lot and only have a C9 map now. I initially would look at the top board I think it is VD-1 or something like that.

Ammor
Wednesday 5th April 2006
11:02 pm U.K.

gmorales10@houston.rr.com

Would you be able to help me with a Sony SuperBETA Model SLHF 870D? I am trying to find the capstan motor and pinch roll. Gracias

K Lambert
Wednesday 5th April 2006
7:56 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

BjornYes.........I DO....ME......The only thing is i hav'nt got my scanner up and running yet.(shortage of USB ports :)If there's any info you wish to know i'll check it out if you like...................Kevin

Bjorn
Wednesday 5th April 2006
6:56 pm U.K.

bjornatat@hotmail.com

thanks for that info Kevin, unfortunately, it isn't on the one that was dropped. I bought that one for spares originally, but decided to re-fit it after trying it out. The problem with that one was the front load assembly was badly damaged, probably during transit (rotten swines) but I have almost fixed that machine. I plan to complete repairs on one and either keep it or re-home it via ebay. Not sure yet. My original machine has the colour problem, I hoped that the heads weren't worn to start off with, because at £145 I don't really want to have to replace them yet. Anyway, the heads turned out to be fine. I'll try that suggestion. Just waiting for a couple of idlers to arrive, and I'll have a look when I fit the idlers. You wouldn't know anyone who has a service manual for this machine, or any similar machines. Even a scan of the pages would be great. These boards can be a pain to work on at times without the manuals. Thanks again. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Jim
Wednesday 5th April 2006
5:21 pm U.K.

jvogt@stargate.net

Hi, Since i am the only one in the neighborhood with a DVD Recorder, I get all of the xfering jobs. One lady has her wedding, etc. on Beta and dug up her old Toshiba VX340 machine and tuner (two pieces). Problem I am having is that it is not playing in color, just black and white. Tried a "real movie" and that also is b&w. I am thinking it is either the cord or the player. Cord is only a two prong audio/video, both in and out. She only has three or four home movie betas (right now that she has found) to xfer so don't want to go to a whole lot of costs. Also, of course there is no onwers manual so I am not sure if I am missing a switch, etc. Thanks for any help!

Guy
Wednesday 5th April 2006
1:49 pm U.K.

Guy420@yahoo.com

One more tidbit that some may find useful is that, other than the pinch roller and plastic parts, the rest of the replacement rubber belts and tires for these Sanyo VCRs are easily found at the local hardware store. All the rubber needed to recondition three 6400s, two 7250s, and one 7500 cost less than $5!

K Lambert
Wednesday 5th April 2006
11:00 am U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Guy: You're very welcome my friend.It's finding these little problems which makes it nice to be able to share the conclusion.It also saves you pulling your hair out and looking somewhere that has nothing to do with it.Yes i have the experience behind that too.........Learning is so much fun.............It has it's rewards too..........THANKS.........Kevin

Guy
Wednesday 5th April 2006
1:20 am U.K.

guy420@yahoo.com

Kevin...you are absolutely correct. I straightened out the piece that was indeed pointing upward, and now (at least temporarily) the machine is performing perfectly. Thanks again!

Guy
Wednesday 5th April 2006
1:17 am U.K.

guy420@yahoo.com

Here's one we'll all enjoy:

http://cgi.ebay.com/GO-VIDEO-DUEL-DECK-BETA-VCR-BY-SENSORY-SCIENCE_W0QQitemZ9708158017QQcategoryZ39830QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

K Lambert
Tuesday 4th April 2006
9:25 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi BjornI too have a Sanyo M30 in MINT condition and working order.I have also received a damaged Sanyo M40 ( that i luckily had a spare front panel for) that was poorly packed and obviously dropped......so i sympathise with you there.The black and white playback was a problem ( or could be on the Sanyo M20) due to one of the main colour repro chips no :M51436P.Although this info is based on a friend who had that trouble.I would look there first.Is the black and white occuring on the one that was dropped??The M30 is a mighty fine looking machine and quite rare too.....I have come across 2 that had worn 'third heads' for the 'clear still frame' even though the normal record/playback were fine.Let me know how you get on...........good luck.........Kevin

Bjorn
Tuesday 4th April 2006
8:55 pm U.K.

bjornatat@hotmail.com

I found one of the most annoying things about ebay. The other day after paying for my beta machine, I waited in anticipation for it to arrive as you do!! Only to find that the damn courier had miss-handled the machine, throwing it about as they tend to, and leaving me with a smashed wreck. It's not ebay's fault I know, but you can imagine the anger. Luckilly it was only cosmetic damage, the insides had survived, so began th eprocess of rebuilding a machine. It took ages, bashing out dents, glueing some of the front panel back together. This poor machine had really had a bad time of it, but all was not lost. The following day I had almost completely restored the machine, just a bit of touching up, new parts and a nice warm room to rest in and she's as good as new. Plays nicely, well almost, I'm still waiting for an idler for her, but my Sanyo M30, is happilly running. There's just one thing baffling me though, I have another M30 that only plays in black and white, I've tested the pre-amplifier, the top board, and can't find anything wrong, she's got a good set of heads on her so why is she not playing in colour? any ideas? please e-mail me - bjornatat@hotmail.com

K Lambert
Tuesday 4th April 2006
8:17 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi Guy:....Well the same thing has happend to me twice.i admit to being baffled too.It sounds to me like the upper idler assembly is ( with age ) pointing slightly upwards.On the newer replacement geared upper idlers i notice they have a silver metal plate attached....NOW I KNO WHY.......it prevents this happening.Basically the take up for eject is fine because the LOWER idler does this job and FF and REW.The upper does PLAY and both SEARCH modes.I also found if checking these functions with the metal cover removed ( as you have to when replacing said items) this fault won't show if you place your finger on the cassette loaded tab as the loading tray is'nt in the down postion.It's THIS ACTION which causes the upper idler to get stuck if the top idler is bending upwards.You can remove the upper idler and grasp it between your fingers and put a downward pressure to level it out ( and i mean quite a lot to stop it returning the same,don't worry though they are VERY strong items) and it will work.Although a new replacement with the metal plate installed on top would be a safer longer lasting sollution.The tape piling up on the deck tells you the capstan motor /pinch roller are working OK.It's the take up that obviously is the culprit.Ther is also a slight chance too many spacer washers have been installed on the idler assemblies.One way to check this is to hold the top idler when the holding washer is on and make sure you can move it up and down at least a millimeter or two.Hope this helps...........Kevin

Vanessa
Tuesday 4th April 2006
7:42 pm U.K.

vanesse_rdr@yahoo.fr

Hi, I'd like to sell a Sony Betamax SL-8080F from 1979, does anyone know its price please (approximatively)?

Boby
Tuesday 4th April 2006
6:35 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Tips for stubborn/sticky stain on DRUM;Have cotton bud and a drop of Kerosene ,gently wipe around the surface (Careful not to touch the 'EYE' of Rotary Head), you can have the CO cleaner to remove kerosene residue. Hope you can have crystal clear picture result.RegardsBoby.

Boby
Tuesday 4th April 2006
6:15 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Disk Assy is the HEAD of Your Betamax wich is made from Aluminum Ring where the "EYE" stays on and Rotates in high speed when payled ;also reads Data on Casette Tape_.You can spot it when you open your deck, it's a short aluminum cylinder wich consist 2 component Upper and Lower DRUM and the Disk Assy is inside them. This part easily sight on SL-800ME. Known as 'Flying Erase Head' on V8/VHS etc.________#_______About the " HF150 -HF950" replacement you'll loose X2 function in doing so but others are fine.

David Hadaway
Tuesday 4th April 2006
4:51 pm U.K.

dhad000@nospamyah00.com

It sopunds like clogged heads. I sell the Scotch head cleaning cassette for $11. I scanned the last 4 pages of the 3M white paper on the subject as 4 jpegs and will send to anyone interest.

Guy
Tuesday 4th April 2006
3:35 pm U.K.

Guy420@yahoo.com

To Kevin (and all), I have replaced all the rubber belts and tires (including pinch roller)in the Sanyo 6400. Tape loading, unloading, REW and FF work fine, but PLAY stops after a few seconds because tape is accumulating beyond the pinch roller. This seems strange because the take-up reel is working. EJECT also works and even the excess tape is taken back up into the shell. What could be wrong? Thanks!

David Landau
Monday 3rd April 2006
9:42 pm U.K.

exarchives@aol.com

What exactly and where is the Disc Assy on the Beta Machine? Thanks for the info on the cleaner. David

David
Monday 3rd April 2006
7:27 pm U.K.

d.matt@ntlworld.com

Just been sorting out my workshop and found a complete service manual for a Sony SL-C9E / C9UB VCR. It is in excellent condition. Offers invited.

Boby
Monday 3rd April 2006
7:07 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

About parts that is no longer available; I find several types of BETAmachine that have identical component/suitable for Canibalism. IE Rotary DICS ASSY/(Rotary Head DRUM) of HF150 suitable for HF950. [wich I still have 1pc Sealed in BOX] .Generally parts for BETAmachine still exists.

Boby
Monday 3rd April 2006
6:48 pm U.K.

bobymc@hotnail.com

Hi, concerning your snowy BetaDeck . Have a CarbondiOxide Contact cleaner ( http://www.crcindustries.com.au )or similar product, spayed around the Rotary Head Dum at adistance ;carefully not to touch the "eye" of the Disc Assy. This commonly fix your problem.CO contact cleaner is the best tool for cleaning, it leaves no Residual Particel on your HeadDrum.

David Landau
Monday 3rd April 2006
4:39 pm U.K.

exarchives@aol.com

I just received free from a friend a Sony SL-HFR70 Beta max player and I hooked it up only to find that the Betas (old) are playing but showing alot of snow. I had these played on another player and they mostly played fine. Any suggestions on how to proceed to clean this problem up? Thanks, David

Noel Higgins
Monday 3rd April 2006
2:31 am U.K.

noel.higgins@acma.nospam.au

To Greg Hooke

Regarding the Sony SLHF950 power supply that you have. The second section of the power supply DC/DC takes 12V DC and creates all the other voltages. The current drain is a little over 2 Amps and I have used an external 12 Volt supply to drive a machine this way so I know it works. A good 12V DC/DC from say a laptop should do the job. regards Noel (Betaheaven - Australia)

Craig.
Monday 3rd April 2006
1:18 am U.K.

incarfitment@aol.com

Hi!! ,I have a load of betamax bits and bobbs I need to sell ,I don't want a fortune for them either ! Firstly I have over 900 tapes, most only recorded on once only , 200 ex rental tapes, including some classics like Alien, Star Wars ,Christine etc etc...There a few recorders also , 2x Sanyo 5150, excellent working order and in great ccosmetic condition,2x Sanyo VTC 5000, again in top working and cosmetic condition ,a VTC 6000 front loader, again all good ,a C40 with remote in very good condition but has servo issues ,a Sony C9 , in fantastic order with all the Sony improvements fitted, metal loading gears, head drum mod,DC converter etc, with remote and instruction manual ...sadly requires video heads , damage was caused due to me being a clumsy git !!!,I also have various other C5, 6,7 models, mechanicall good but suffer from the usual servo wobbles which is easy to fix if you have the time ! .I have 2 Beta movies, a BMC 100, AND a 500 !, 9 batteries, 2 of which are new ,all hold a good charge , multi battery charger along with 2 standard ones ,and a brand new car power supply too !.There are loads more bits, circuit boards, cases,4 boxes of new,unopened Sony L750 tapes ..... etc etc. Drop me a line and let me know what you want ...I might have it !! You can phone me on 07871023025 .

K Lambert
Sunday 2nd April 2006
10:05 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi Betafans: I just saw this on E-bay and thought i'd share...........some people are so uninformed ( i've just pointed that out to them )......http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=9707163106.Made me smile though..............Kevin

K Lambert
Sunday 2nd April 2006
12:04 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Guy: I think i mentioned that problem in my previous message......Maybe it's more common than i thought???Although i've only ever seen it once........I know the cassette loading mechanism on that model was heavy.Compared to their better lighter 1984 models..........................Kevin

Guy
Saturday 1st April 2006
8:20 pm U.K.

guy420@yahoo.com

Kevin, I had to take everything apart because one of the two gears on the lower rod broke, which requires a new rod because these gears must be attached to the rod and rotate with it. If I would have known there was a spring inside the outer gear, I would have taken a few pictures before replacing the rod.

K Lambert
Saturday 1st April 2006
12:40 pm U.K.

kitt@knightrider.fsbusiness.co.uk

Hi GuyIt sounds as though you took apart the cassette loading mechanism.I have not attempted that or indeed had too.I'm glad you got it sorted though.Thanks too for the feedback...i'm here to help out whenever i can........Kevin

Greg Hooke
Saturday 1st April 2006
7:00 am U.K.

greg_hooke@hotmail.com

I have a SLHF-950 with a faulty power supply. It's the actual switchmode block that's the problem, fuse is fine, AC is geeting into it but no DC output at the 4 pin plug. So anyone out there have a schematic or sevice manual for the 950? Any suggestions. Anyone know what the DC output voltage should be? Maybe if it's a 12 volt supply I could buy an off the shelf type and mount externally. I'd need to know what current rating would have to be. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks from Down Under.

Guy
Saturday 1st April 2006
1:40 am U.K.

guy420@yahoo.com

Kevin: Thanks for your advice. Your points regarding the belts and the metal plate are well taken, but I was already using a new belt. The problem was finding the correct way to spring-load the mechanism so the carriage would have that initial "give" to open the switch to start the loading motor. After plaing around with the 12 or so ways it is possible to configure it, I finally hit upon the right arrangement and now it works perfectly. Thanks again for your help!

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