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Rich
Thursday 14th December 2017
2:32 pm U.K.

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It's strange isn't it. The same thing happens with my V2000 VCRs and certain VHS VCRs too. I'm looking to change the plasma after Xmas as I want to get all my VCRs out of storage and set them up properly on a TV that does like them. Hehe

Rich.

K Lambert
Wednesday 13th December 2017
4:14 pm U.K.

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Hi Rich:

I've just been contacted by another I've helped stating I tried using both my Sanyo 5000's on a plasma and you get lot's of white speckles.So it seems this is common. Interestingly though their Sanyo M20 was fine, so maybe it's just the older top loaders that have different screening capabilities?

I use only CRT and LCD's so have never witnessed this first hand.

Plasmas aren't that popular though so should'nt be too much of an issue.

Actually when you think most vcr's were made and designed for CRT type TV's and also 4.3 screen ratios I think they hold up pretty well. Just don't go looking for DVD or Blu Ray type resolution as they are obviously, due to digital, far superior.

..........Kev

Rich
Wednesday 13th December 2017
12:11 pm U.K.

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Hi Kevin.

Thanks for the reply.

I've got the service manual here for both hf100 and hf950 so I'll take a look in them and find the parts list so I can order the correct caps and see if that'll sort the problem (I hope). I had a feeling it was electrical as those little colour flecks flash when in pause mode.

I've got a plasma in the living room and my Sanyo betas don't get on with it at all. White speckles and lots of interference, oddly though my Sony betas aren't affected on the plasma.

Cheers

Rich.

K Lambert
Wednesday 13th December 2017
2:23 am U.K.

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Hi Rich:

The Sony HF100 and 950 are two of the worst Sony's for having high ESR caps in the PSU if they've been powered up for some time. The other models ( F30 or C30 ) usually have about two or three but not always. The HF100 and 950 usually have over 7 on the ones I've seen.

Also make sure all the grounds are in good order two, especially around the head drum area. But I suspect caps are your issue.

Also one other thing are you using a plasma as I've been hearing that Sanyo VTC 5000 's can cause white speckles over the picture when using one with a plasma and work perfectly fine with LCD's. Something else to be aware of.

........Kev

Rich
Tuesday 12th December 2017
7:09 pm U.K.

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Hi all.

I've got a slight problem with one of my Sony SLHF100UB 's.

I get random small colour speckles on the picture. They even move on the screen whilst the vcr is in play-pause mode.

They're not recorded on the tape as I've checked its recordings in my other betas.

I don't know if it might be the caps in the power supply as I've not got an ESR meter amongst my tools.

Has anyone else had this problem?

Thanks

Rich.

K Lambert
Friday 8th December 2017
4:11 am U.K.

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David;

That looks to be from a Sanyo VTC 5000 (maybe 5150) but my instinct tells me a 5000.

........Kevin

DAVID BRUNNER
Wednesday 6th December 2017
9:49 pm U.K.

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I found a video board near of a trash

Has the IC LA7013, in the datasheet appears that this IC is for Betamax videos

I want know which is the brand and model of the video that has this board

Image of the board: http://titulos.000webhostapp.com/Board.JPG

Also has the LA7020, LA7025, M50180P, M51437P, M51438P, BA5102A and the LA7016 repeated

In the LA7013, LA7020 and LA7025 appears the Sanyo logo

The ICS that begin with M appears the Mitsubishi logo

Rich
Sunday 3rd December 2017
10:58 am U.K.

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Haha. Let us know if you get it working!!

Bjorn
Sunday 3rd December 2017
7:28 am U.K.

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Yes, looked very good, and arrived in excellent condition. Only just got round to examining it as I let these rest a while after delivery to let them dry out a bit.

All that's wrong with it is the loading mechanism, which I think is worm driven. These are great as they are quieter than belt driven ones, but a pain if someone is daft enough to test by putting a tape in. (not saying that I did that, and if I did, I wouldn't admit to it. lol)

Schematic is arriving today, but I couldn't wait,

Rich
Saturday 2nd December 2017
4:57 pm U.K.

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Is that the NEC that was on eBay recently? If so it does look like a good machine 😎

Bjorn
Saturday 2nd December 2017
4:29 pm U.K.

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I've just had an interesting machine arrive. NEC PVC766

It actually looks to be in excellent condition, even with the protective film still over some controls which is very unusual for a machine of this age. Does anyone know much about this model as there's no info on it. Looks like a very basic service to get back up and running, but I've never worked on an NEC, so any potential issues to look for? Internally, despite having Sony components, it is very much it's own machine, actually one of the most tidiest designs internally I've come across.

Rich
Thursday 30th November 2017
5:59 pm U.K.

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Hi guys.

I'm on the lookout for a new/very good used video head for a Sony SL-HF950 please.

If any of you have one for sale or know a place that sells them can you let me know please?

Thanks

Rich.

Martin Evans
Tuesday 28th November 2017
11:30 am U.K.

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There does seem to be some kind of issue when using Chrome. It appears as if their SPDY protocol is incompatible with a redirect to the secure https:// version of the chatpage. It should still be compatible with the non secure page:

http://chat.palsite.com/chat_page.py

Andrew
Sunday 26th November 2017
2:28 pm U.K.

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Hello. I have a betamax Sony SL-2000 VCR. After replacing a power fuse 125V 4A and charging 12V 1.5Ah battery the vcr has started and opened cassette deck by simply pressing eject button. But after some time it's behavior has changed: pressing the power button starts all the motors. It's a ribbon connector or something else?

Bjorn
Sunday 26th November 2017
10:08 am U.K.

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Anyone else noticed that the chat pages wont load in google chrome and sometimes firefox since the last Windows 10 update? I'm having to use edge to read these. Is this something admin can remedy, as we just get directed to "page not found" messages.

Rich
Thursday 23rd November 2017
6:00 pm U.K.

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Thanks Bjorn!!

Bjorn
Thursday 23rd November 2017
5:51 pm U.K.

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No Probs Rich.

I've just had 2 jobs come in to get done quickly (ha! quickly with Betamax?) some people have no idea how long it takes just to get parts. lol Seriously, I have to get these assessed, but should be able to get back to you over the weekend about the head disc. I'm stripping and testing a number of heads on Saturday, so it will be top of my list. Currently working on 6 Betas.

Bjorn
Thursday 23rd November 2017
5:44 pm U.K.

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Hi Mehmet Yurdakul

You've come to the right place, but I can't really say any better than what's already on palsite as it gives you most of what you need to know.

My first contact with the format was from my late Grandfather who had a Sony C5. He was the only one in the family at the time who could afford to own a video. Yes, you read that right, afford to own a VCR. Different time back then, lots of families were only just starting to own a TV, poorer friends only had a black/white set. To watch a video we would visit someone who had a VCR until we could eventually rent one, which would more than likely be a VHS.

I chose Beta mainly because I found the picture to be better and more stable than VHS. The machines were so much better, in fact many of us have early Beta machines which still give perfect picture, whilst a lot of newer VHS machines, and DVD players only last a year or so.

These days I still use Beta, not so much for films as they need more looking after, but to replace features no longer available on modern equipment. For example, lots of set top boxes no longer broadcast RF out, they may loop through, but that's all, and if you're luck may have a scart on the back, so I use a Beta to relay the signal to other equipment. Great with Youview which only allows subscription channels to 1 set top box. It will also tape from on-demand channels, and anything connected to it, which a lot of modern recorders don't like doing. And when was the last time you saw a DVD player or set top box with a clock? A simple feature which we used to take for granted, the VCR clock display, oh yes and buttons that light up to show you what channel you're actually watching. No need for on-screen displays, it's all on the video!

Mehmet Yurdakul
Thursday 23rd November 2017
11:04 am U.K.

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Hello people,

Me and my study group from university are doing a group project about obsolete technologies and we chose Betamax because some of us were familiar with it and interacted with it in our childhood. I didn't actually own/saw/interacted with the Sony Betamax player so this is why I am creating this thread/chat to ask anyone here to tell me more about the technologies used by Betamax, it's components and how they work. Thank you in advance and have a nice day y'all.

Rich
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
1:26 pm U.K.

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Haha. That's true!

When you get the C6 in could you email me photos of the VR's on the servo PCB please? I just wanna see how off mine is.

Thanks Bjorn!

I'll look forward to hearing from you soon about the hf100 head

Rich.

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